The Tragic Optimist

Category Archives: the girl

“learn about new things that I’ve never heard of”

Hazel is now 3 1/2 years old. At bedtime, recently, she’s been asking if we could travel to China. I’m not sure where she got the idea that she wanted to go to China. She doesn’t really have a firm grasp on geography yet (if you tell her we live in Minnesota, she’ll argue that no, …

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monarch butterfly costume

This weekend was the Monarch Festival.  There’s a fun run for kids, and kids are encouraged to wear costumes.  Luckily for me, my parents were visiting the weekend before the festival, and my mom is a miracle-worker when it comes to pulling together costumes — actually, she’s pretty much magic when it comes to anything …

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Kindergartner no more

Today was Zoe’s last day of kindergarten.  For the past few weeks, she’s been oscillating between being really excited about the end of the year, and then really sad about the end of the year.  Last night, she excitedly told me that when she left the school today, she’d be a first grader.  This morning, …

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Yes read the book!

Watching Zoe learn to read has been one of those crazy things.  In a way, it’s very reminiscent of when she was first learning to talk.  Before starting kindergarten, she had one or two words she recognized (“no”, “on”, and “zoo”), but then she started coming home with small simple books, and she’d work hard …

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6 and 2

I’m a bit late here … the girls turned 6 and 2 in the middle of October. Zoe’s now 6, and full in to being a Kindergartner.  It’s astounding how much she’s learning now, though she’s exhausted by the end of most days.  She brings home books from school and slowly works through them, working …

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quiet

I was cleaning up after lunch and Hazel was happily and quietly entertaining herself.  A little too quietly, come to think of it.  I stepped around the corner to find this.

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teaching life lessons in Pre-K: You’re doing it wrong

It’s Thursday evening at the dinner table, I ask Zoe about her day. Me: What did you do at school today, Zoe? Zoe: Well, our teacher brought us lemons.  But we didn’t make lemonade.

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So how is Hazel?

Ah the poor, neglected second child.  You know how they joke that a first child has lots of photos and the second, not so much?  It’s grounded in just a bit of truth here.  And I’m pretty clearly not too good at keeping this place updated as much as I used to either.  Heck, I …

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Haiku

Sweet, sick girl of mine, Who sleeps only in my lap, How, then, do I sleep?

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the birds and the bees and the doctors

We got the question at dinner tonight.  You know the one.  We were talking about women having babies and then Zoe asks the obvious next question, “how do you get a baby?”  I wanted to leave it at a woman gets pregnant, Chris tried to make a joke, but Zoe was having none of it, …

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