“A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015.”
Lillia: This week you have been a little bit sad about your social situation at school. Nothing terrible is happening — no bullying or ostracizing or anything like that — but I think you are genuinely lonely. You said to me the other day that you sometimes wish I had skipped you ahead when I had the chance [Lillia started kindergarten at the age of four, and then we held her back a year to help her catch up, socially]. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating: someday you will leave Walpole and discover that there are other people who are just like you! I know it’s hard to be an introvert with interests that aren’t always in line with what your peers are doing (that’s sort of the formula for being lonely), but I think that if you are patient and you continue to pursue opportunities to do things outside of school, you will eventually find your “people.”
Zane: This week you have been doing a lot of building — Duplos, wooden blocks, whatever you can get your hands on. I’m always so amazed by the structures you create: they are visually interesting; frequently symmetrical; and you often build things that “look” like other structures you’ve seen (i.e. “Saurus Rock” — if anyone reading this has kids, you might know what that is!). Mémé says that when Daddy was your age he really loved to build things, too. It’s interesting to watch you as you build — I can see those little gears turning, trying to figure out the best way to arrange the pieces. Your spatial intelligence is so much higher than mine, even at the age of three; what a gift! Someday you’ll be really good at assembling IKEA furniture!