17 // 52

17 // 52 // Lillia
17 // 52 // Zane

“A portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015.”

Lillia: This week you have been really, really sad. Or, at least I think you are sad. I haven’t been able to get you to talk much about it. Fifth grade hasn’t been the easiest year. You are doing well, academically, but I feel like you are really disconnected from your peers and even from your family. I wish I knew how to help you, but I don’t know exactly what is wrong and you aren’t very forthcoming with information. This week was a particularly difficult one, anyway, because Daddy was out of town at a conference so it was just the three of us for days and days. The rhythm of the home is completely out of whack when he’s gone. If you read this, which I know you do sometimes, just know that we love, love, love you and we’re here anytime you need or want to talk. On a slightly more uplifting note, your spirit really seemed to brighten when we went to the zoo in Boston this weekend. You were so interested in all of the animals, and you were often several steps ahead of us. You have always loved animals and I can really see that you connect with them on a deep level. Your high regard for all creatures, great and small, is one of the qualities I love most about you.

Zane: This week your behavior was, shall we say, very much that of a textbook three-year old. I know I have really lucked out because you are usually a very good boy, but with Daddy gone you were a mess. You were hitting, and crying a lot, and throwing fits, which is just not like you at all. On Tuesday when I tried to drop you off at school you had a total meltdown, which you have never, ever done. Even on the first day of school you didn’t cry! I ended up leaving you sobbing with your teacher, and told them to call me if you didn’t stop crying (thankfully, you were fine after a few minutes). Then, on Thursday, I told you that Daddy was going to be coming home, to which you replied, “Do you see Daddy anywhere? No. That’s because he’s never coming home!” Poor little thing — I know it’s confusing, but sometimes parents have to be away from their children for a little while. And, despite your uncertainty, he did come back! You seem to have mellowed out a lot since things have returned to normal. My favorite Zane quote of the week (during one of your fits): “You’re not taking me to the playground right now, so YOUR GOOSE IS COOKED!” You slay me…

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Kelli Ann Wilson

Kelli lives in rural New Hampshire with her husband Damian and their two children. She works as a writer, and in her free time enjoys reading, gardening, taking pictures, walking in the woods, and celebrating the seasons of nature and the feasts, festivals, and holy days of the Christian year.

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