I'm so encouraged with the way Will is taking his future in hand. I was nowhere near this independent or visionary when I was his age. On his own, he is investigating scholarships. He's determined to get through school as debt-free as possible and is planning his post-Faith years accordingly. He's already poring over class offerings and trying to figure out which credits will transfer from Faith to ISU or DMACC.
He wrote a story this week for his writing class. It involves Sesame Street characters. His teacher was so impressed by it that she wants him to submit it to a creative writing contest. I asked him if he told her that I had edited it, but he said he didn't. I can't get any credit anywhere, I guess! It is a really, really good story. I just have to smile to myself. I remember 3 years ago being so worried because I could not get this child to even write a paragraph and now look at him! I need to remember this when I'm worried about other things in life - most things have a way of working out.
Last month sometime Paul told me not to worry about getting him a present for our anniversary. That was good, because I didn't have anything planned! But it soon occurred to me that I could still do something. This is our 20th anniversary AND it's falling on the 20th of the month, which is something that will never happen again, ever. So, I wanted to do something extra special. This brilliant idea came to me of doing something small for him every single day, Feb 1 - 20. So, I've been hiding small gifts, cards, notes, and treats for him to find every day. But you know what? Every morning I've been finding a heart-shaped sticky note hidden in the house with an odd, but romantic, message on it from him. I suspect it's going to make a poem or long limerick once I get them all, but I'm not real sure. So, it's kind of fun this month around our house!
I picked up some silk boxers for Paul Wed. They're going to be one of my daily surprises. I had been looking everywhere for them, but could only find them on the internet, but they were too expensive. I happened to be at Walmart with Will when I spied just what I was looking for only $7! Will wanted to know why I thought I needed to get those. I told him, "You'll understand someday." Will replied, "I hope not!" Hah!
We got our picture taken a week ago for our anniversary. I'll get those back this week. It turned out really good - not too bad for a couple on the non-friendly side of 40! We chose the shot of us standing up together because I'm guessing the older we get, the more anniversary pictures we'll have taken where we're seated - being old people and all that.
We had a big snowstorm last week. Prior to that, we had ice. But part of that hit on the weekend, so Ben only missed 1 1/2 days of school. Will did put his car in the ditch, though. He was on his way to get his drug test for Hy-Vee. Fortunately, our neighbor came by and pulled him out with his truck! Times like that, I love small-town living!
Well, that's all I know for now. Things are going to get better. I will get through the next few months and what needs to get done will get done. I won't remain in this black hole forever, I don't think.
But I sure am looking forward to June 2 (the day after Will's graduation/party)!