I had a Liam sort of a day today. We started driving in a half-empty parking lot, which was fabulous. I know that a lot of people are nervous teaching teenagers to drive, but I think it’s fantastic. I’m all about achievements, and skilz, and independence, and of course I remember how badly I wanted the keys to a car. Liam is the same, he yearns to drive, to be competent, to make his own decisions.
Admittedly there were a few tense moments; our family car is a V6 Accord, and it’s powerful like a rocket. I mean, dang. That car can shoot away like a bionic eel, and I’m sure it could easily punch a hole in a brick wall. It’s challenging to learn to control it, especially as a first car. But he was really good, and he looked just right behind the wheel. And I know he felt proud. I sure did.
He and Evan have been watching Breaking Bad, which horrifies me. But they say, in their reasonable voices, “a) the show is genius” (which is true, I know, even though I don’t watch it) and “b) seeing these losers makes us even more committed to staying away from dangerous drugs.”
Also probably true. STILL. It’s hard. The time for edicts has generally passed; there are certainly things we are not flexible about, but they diminish.
Liam draws for extra credit in his History class, his favorite subject.
This is his Bored Emperor Constantine.
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I gave an interview today to Mandi Ainsworth, a member of the Dallas Bead Society and the founder of the Bead Circle Network. In addition to being adorable (have you seen her?) she is all about the community aspect of beading, and so the way that Contemporary Geometric Beadwork came together is right in line with what she loves. The podcast will air on April 4th, and I’ll put up a link at that time.
And meanwhile, the great reviews roll in. It’s fantastic, beyond words wonderful. Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to leave one!