Can you see how foggy it is?
And also what a mess our yard is?
Anyway, what time I have left over after knitting mittens has been occupied by worrying about M, who’s trying to get through finals — well, the end of classes this week and then finals next week. I check in periodically and it seems like she’s got things under control. I can’t really know, of course, and time management is not exactly one of her most developed attributes.
The funny thing is that she doesn’t seem to mind my periodic checking in. She would not have liked it last year, when she was living at home.
Anyway, I believe I have cracked the question of what to give for Christmas, and the answer is: jigsaw puzzles. They’re inexpensive and easy to send in the mail. They provide hours of fun. This was already my plan, and then I read a post about games in Catherine Newman’s blog in which she said:
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the things I love about board games–and Michael actually read this somewhere–is that they’re totally pointless, and so when you play a board game with your child, you’re saying, “This is time I want to spend with you.”
I would agree with that, actually. So I’m not really sending jigsaw puzzles. I’m sending the opportunity for my siblings, etc, to spend time with their kids. It’s very thoughtful of me, actually.
She has another later post on games for younger kids, too, if you’re interested.
Anyway, I am sending games and puzzles and I am putting games and puzzles and mittens under the tree. We’ll go up to the cabin in the mountains with our games and our mittens and we’ll pretend we’re in the Little House in the Big Woods. Except, and this is a problem, we’re going before Christmas. Maybe we’re going to have to celebrate the solstice this year.
Okay. If I leave now I will almost certainly not be late for work.