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Waterworks

Posted on June 20, 2008

Mine, not hers. Avery has approached every single minute of this whole broken leg thing with utter grace and equanimity, neither of which I think I could have mustered at two, let alone at 34. She has adapted, scooting, slithering and even hop-walking. Her demands have been well within reason and any “abuse” of help, ie “take me here,” and “take me there,” has been short-lived. Yesterday all the kids were out front playing, some holding a lemonade sale, others riding scooters and bikes. Eventually they congregated in one driveway to draw chalk art and pick flowers. Avery was right in the middle and enjoying herself until the inevitable drift happened with one girl going one way and another the other way. Avery assessed…

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Convalescent Daring

Posted on June 18, 2008

And we thought it would stifle her enthusiasm… Granted, she’s had her moments of misery, whimpering to be held. And set down. And held. And set down. And held by someone else. And then set down again. But all things considered, Avery has been a complaintless heroine. And I have been an unapologetic fool in my bid to entertain and delight. Thank you all for your incredible words of sympathy, advice and humor. We’ve used it all. And, in true headstrong, do-it-myself fashion today, Avery has decided to walk. That’s right, down for less than two days. The doc said as soon as she was ready she could walk on it…

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"But I didn’t get a present!"

Posted on June 18, 2008

And the excruciating struggle to find balance continues. I knew that there would be trouble, positioning the focus too deliberately on one always incites anger and tears. We had been trying to make sure that, as we nursed Avery back to health, Briar understood that she had not been responsible for Avery’s injury. Unfortunately, once we realized Briar carried no guilt we underestimated her capacity for envy. We we were getting by until the present. It was bedtime, the girls were waiting upstairs while Sean and I gathered up the necessary bedtime accoutrements, when the doorbell rang. It was a client of Sean’s. “Heard what happened to little Ave and just wanted to bring something by.” After thanking him we carried the gaily wrapped…

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Purple Thigh-High

Posted on June 17, 2008

My baby got the boot, it’s purple, waterproof and here to stay for 3-4 weeks. The it’s-ok-that-you-can’t-run-walk-or-climb distraction baton will be passed frequently between mom, dad and grandma (Yes, Grandma! Score!). And hey, we sprang for waterproof so bring on the garden hoses and swimming pools!

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