Thursday, October 7, 2010
first the children
last night i got home from 10 days in st. john's looking after the grandchildren while my daughter and son-in-law were off for a much needed vacation to new york city. keith drove me out and stayed for the first 4 days to help us all get adjusted. it was exhausting. but excellent. finn- who is 21 months old - and i got to know one another. he melts me. lucy has just started kindergarten so it was lovely to be there watching her embrace a larger world. and eamon in his own environment on the cusp of adolescence. the days started at 6:00 with finn's "nana?" and ended for me at 10:30 - after dinner and baths and stories. and talking all the time. all the little voices. during the week days their babysitter maria (a wonderful woman from columbia) looked after them while i went over to devon house and knit - stopping work only to walk the children to and from school - 6 back and forths (same school but different schedules). time spent with young children slows you right down and at the same time you never stop. so i slept deeply each night.