On Friday, the morning seemed to zip by as we all went about our daily activities. Erin had some dog training clients in the afternoon, and I was hard at work while the kids, mercifully, enteretained themselves really well. 

They were playing lots of imagination games, with breaks to watch cartoons or videos. Amelia proudly declared it “an Amelia and Henry day!” And indeed it was.

I very often count my lucky stars that the kids get along so well and have so much fun playing together. It’s been vital to surviving life in pandemic lockdown, and in spite of the fact that they are very different people, they just click together and complement each other really well. 

As I was wrapping up work, Amelia asked if they could play with the app-controlled R2-D2 in Henry’s room. We actually got this for Christmas a couple years ago, and it’s super cool, but at the time it actually scared the kids a little bit, so it hasn’t seen a whole lot of activity until recently. R2 has probably still had more to do around here than he did in all those Star Wars sequels, but still.

Anyway, they had fun playing with him and this was the first time Islay met the spunky little astromech. She was extremely curious, but did not bark or get scared off. She just got right in there and examined R2 closely. 


“Got some carbon scoring here, it looks like you’ve seen a lot of action.”

We made some pizza for dinner and had a pretty low key evening. After the kids were down, I jumped on a Zoom with some friends from around the country, sipping on whiskey and shooting the breeze a little. 

It was a good week. Undoubtedly, we still have many challenging and difficult ones still ahead. We are far from out of the woods, but at least the early signs of light are starting to show. For now, that’s enough. It’s important to bask in the warmth of the good moments when they’re there.