“April is the cruelest month.” Someone lent me an anthology of poems this month, and therein, I found these words penned by T. S. Elliot. The entire poem is very long and difficult, and my attention span being what it is, I honestly did not read the whole thing. I do, however, tend to agree with that first line.
April is a bit of a tease. I get excited by a day or two of warm weather, and then it snows. I feel relief that the boys’ hockey season has ended, but then I remember there are still taxes to pay, home school reports to write, and a violin to take to the repair shop. (It’s funny how the poets never write about taking kids to hockey practice.) I feel hopeful that blue skies and sunshine will lift my spirits, and then I find myself stuck in the kitchen, overwhelmed by all there is to do and struggling with the tyranny of the urgent. It was a tough month, at least for me, but enough about that.
My boys continue to learn and grow, and for that I am grateful. It’s been awhile since I’ve done updates about them, but I am hoping to make it a monthly post.
Walter turned 18 months old on April 2. His walking is starting to look more like running, and it is so cute. His favorite “toys” are the four lids from the kitchen. He twirls these like tops and watches them over and over. His favorite book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and we have read it over and over. He likes to put his finger or my finger in all the holes that the caterpillar eats. At church, Walter likes to be blessed. When it is almost his turn, he puts his hand on his head in anticipation.
Jack is ten, and has been ten for quite some time. In true middle child fashion, he had a rather quiet April, and so I had to cheat a bit and use some photos from March. Jack was quite prolific during March, writing stories, drawing pictures, and even recording the events of Holy Week with sidewalk chalk. During the month of April he started his own blog for the purpose of sharing his stories. You can read the first chapter of Jonathan Marden: The Boy Who Saved EpicJetMan1780’s Kingdom on Jack’s website, EpicJetMan1780. (Did I mention, he’s ten? His subject matter is very ten-year-old-boy!) Hopefully chapter two of these epic adventures will be coming soon.
Thomas is officially a teenager! He turned thirteen on April 25. The day itself turned out to be rather low key, but I think thirteen is still a big number for Thomas. He is working hard at growing up, and we are proud of him. He spent his birthday day in his basement workshop setting up his computer, which we finally let him move downstairs, and installing a new graphics card. I’m pretty sure he couldn’t have been much happier. Aside from his techie aspirations, Thomas has become quite the topic of conversation at church. Nearly every weekend this past month people have mentioned Thomas. They tell me about his contributions at Bible class, comment on his violin music, or thank me for his help with the spring clean-up. They don’t seem to mind his backwards baseball cap and long hair, and that’s a good thing!
Perhaps April was not so cruel after all. Despite the weather, and the taxes, and my general disposition, I have three wonderful boys. They are my sunshine and blue skies, and I might even take them to hockey practice again next season!