So much going on but nothing of any real importance. Little Buddy continues to grow and thrive, what could be more rewarding than that? He has his quirks, like separating M&M's by color before eating them, but don't we all have something?
He has had a very fun week. Last weekend the Fourth of July was celebrated here in this neighborhood for several nights of close and loud fireworks, I had a buddy in bed with me as he doesn't like loud noises. Actually I had three dogs, and a little boy in bed with me, lets just say no one got much sleep. I found one exploded firework on my grass and one on my roof, my brand new roof. I told you they were close.
Last weekend was also my birthday. We went to the Clearwater Aquarium with a friend of mine who has season passes. It is good she did as it was very hot and one little boy I know was not very interested in the dolphins, rescued sea turtles or otters. He was much more impressed with the elevators. We did see a virtual short movie about humpback whales. You can see him with his head gear on reaching out to touch the whale. We only stayed an hour. Clearwater Aquarium was made famous by Winter the dolphin who was caught in a crab trap and had to have his tail amputated. He was rehabilitated with a prosthetic tail and lived many years helping children and adult amputees. Sadly he caught a viral infection early this year and passed away. You may have seen the movie, A Dolphin's Tail, which is a very, very loose interpretation of the real events. At the end of the movie they have the real portion of the story, showing the rescue, rehabilitation and the people who worked so hard to get that tail right. That is the fascinating part.
Dad was away this week so I had to scramble for childcare help. My babysitter had Covid the week before and was not feeling great, and I also leave at 6:30 in the morning which is a deterrent for almost anyone. So Little Buddy came to work with me on Tuesday, not my full day but to two houses that are super kid friendly. He got to hold a baby I work with and was delighted. He could not understand how this baby could be three, or that he can't see. He also got to go to the house he was in straight out of the hospital. He loves his first family and they adore him. He got to play with the girls I work with and see the preemie twins that are now there in foster care that I work with as well. He went swimming and had the best time.
That night he was driven up to my friend Lynda's house were he spent two nights and a very long day. She has a ten year old neighbor who came to play which was so wonderful for Little Buddy. He doesn't have friends that come over, only those at school or camp so this was extra special.
Little Buddy loves fish so I made salmon for the very first time last weekend. He loved it, so it is on the menu for dinner again tonight. I need to start upping my game in the cooking department, my old regular meals are just that, old and regular.
My son sent me flowers yesterday as a late birthday present. He was out of town visiting a friend on my birthday and got wrapped up in things with his buddy. I got a really late text from him wishing me a good day. I know boys are different but this hurt my feelings a bit. I don't expect a party, dinner or presents, just a simple birthday text is all. Actually several other good friends and even my dear niece forgot my day. This has been a rough year as you know so understand I know I am being over sensitive. So flowers were ordered to help lift my spirits and they did.
The news continues to depress me. A 10 year old pregnant after being raped by her father had to go out of state for help, thank God she could go out of state, that will not be an option for many, and a judge should never tell a ten year old that she should consider this an, "Opportunity". Ten year old girls should be watching Disney shows and playing with LOL dolls, not preparing to have a child. A child that frankly their body may not even be prepared to hold or give birth to without serious physical repercussions. Hasn't she already been traumatized enough by her very own father raping her? Shootings at a parade killing innocent people and children, shootings everywhere killing innocent people and children, it is all so overwhelming, but I make myself know about it all because it is a privilege to bury your head in the sand and pretend all is well, it is a privilege to go about your life because it doesn't affect you. And that is dangerous, pretending all is well and you can't do anything about it all just lets all of this keep going on and getting worse. I know you can't sit in a deep depression about it but you still have to have an awareness of what this country has turned into. Without awareness there will be no change.
Stay safe my friends, those I know who have had Covid recently have been pretty sick. Stay safe.