1. Me: So how many tomato plants are you going to grow this year, Nora.
Nora: Oh, a few and a half.
Nora: Probably two or four.
2. She is also an amazing simile generator. I told her getting ready in the morning was like herding cats. She "saw" my cliche and raised me a "or like stapling feathers together." She walked away from that table a much richer lady.
3. Mrs. B and her patience. Also her willingness to examine strange rashes that appear on other children's necks. (Nora looks just fine now. I think it was probably the "all natural" cleaner we used to clean the tub yesterday. She likes to help. And we all know that helping sometimes gives us a rash.)
4. A "Mom" date with Jess and a speaker who brings me to tears when I don't want to be brought to tears, dangit. (Believe me, I asked for this "cracking up" so I won't complain.) So excited to think about a farmgirl chapter to keep each other company through the planting season and the single season. Did you know that within a 14 mile radius, there are at least three moms with ukuleles who are strumming their hearts out? Watch out for a band. That's all I'm saying.
5. A surprise visit from Mom and Mike bearing fancy pizza, a hoe and a rake for Nora and some Rosemary, Lavender, and Chives to plant. Mike even carried down all my salt for me. And I got to prove that I have amazing self-defense strategies on Mom, who is quite honestly my biggest threat next to rash inducing work. (I'm just kidding, Mom. You don't scare me.)
6. A surprise snow that put me in the worst mood. But then I watched the robins with their glowing, orange chests leaping inside the black and white world, and I was healed.
7. Tom Waits saying, "I learned everything I know from my children. And I learned everything they know, too. Basically, I've learned a lot."
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