7 years, 6 months.
It only took 24 hours into your first week of summer break, which you’re spending at Nonna and Papa’s, to accomplish the two main goals I had for you to be able to do before you start 2nd grade:
To learn how to ride a bicycle without training wheels and to learn how to tie your shoes.
Papa was the one who taught me to do those same things exactly 30 years ago in the summer of 1988. So I’m not surprised he was able to teach you so quickly.
As for you, though, you had some goals of your own, which you revealed to me before you even left for Alabama:
To catch lots of bugs… and a snake.
Yep. You were able to do those things as well, in your first 24 hours of summer break.
What’s funny is, I don’t exactly know all the details yet, as Nonna is very good about sending lots of pictures. But this weekend when we come pick you up, I’ll get a better understanding of how you and Papa conveniently were able to find and catch a non-poisonous snake.
In addition to the snake, you are also very proud of your pet snail, who you went swimming with in the pool in the backyard.
And even your new pet centipede has been quite exciting for you, as Papa let you use his power drill to make breathing holes in the bucket that you’re using for the centipede’s temporary home.
It’s amazing how much you’re able to accomplish in such a short amount of time when you’re at Nonna and Papa’s house.
I think you’re pretty lucky to have such a perfect place to go for summer camp. The rest of the summer will be hard to beat at this point.