Beachscapes are my favorite. Makes driving to the dance studio twice a week pleasant.
L took her first ever jazz class today, and she was in her element! Lots of leaps, turns. and hip shaking...and all this on day one.
Today was an historical day. The United States Supreme Court (FINALLY!!!) ruled that state bans against same-sex marriages are unconstitutional- all couples can now marry nationwide! We could not be happier!
I learned about the decision through social media, as my Facebook feed was filled up with post after jubilant post by friends. As I scrolled through the many rainbow-clad posts and read the articles, I began to tear up. I knew that this decision would make me happy, because I'm a strong believer in civil rights and equal rights, and LGBT rights, and have been a supporter of this cause since the beginning. I did not expect to cry. But I was so moved. This means so much to so many people. I was particularly touched by Justice Kennedy's words, particularly this closing passage:
"No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilizations's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
The judgement of the court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.
It is so ordered."
B and I shared the sentiment of so many others today. I loved seeing the celebrations and happy emotions, and rainbows everywhere in support of this decision. And I was particularly touched when B sat L down before he left for work to talk to her about this, and explain the significance of the decision. She didn't seem to understand why that wouldn't be the case to begin with.
And then we colored this:
I am so grateful that she will grow up knowing that anyone who wants to marry in this country can. It will be a given.
In the car today, as we were listening to the radio, she said, "I know why they're playing love songs. It's because today you can marry anybody you want."
Sometimes that's just what a girl (and a mom with a kid on summer break) needs to reconnect and recharge. I'm so grateful for moments like these, and friends like this to share them with.
Today was the last day of school. Lucy's last day of kindergarten. More on that another time, because I just can't right now. This is her Georgia O'Keeffe-inspired artwork, which her teacher framed and gave to me as a thank you gift for being a room parent this year. Such a thoughtful gift!
This makes me so happy. First, because I was an art history major and all-around art nerd, who also happens to be a mom who adores all of her daughter's artwork. Second, because it's a reminder of how much art, and how many artists, she was exposed to at school this year. In kindergarten. And finally, because having something already framed will hopefully mean a piece of artwork will actually make it up on the wall!
Through the art program at school she learned about Renoir and Impressionism, Mondrian and Abstract art, Persian art, and Japanese art. I was thrilled. Then I discovered that her amazing kinder teacher also taught them about other kinds of art, including the likes of Monet, O'Keeffe, and Warhol. I've been floored by the kinds of artwork that she's been bringing home. I'm so impressed, and it brings me so much joy. I'm so happy that in this day and age, in a public school in a large school district, with a STEM curriculum, she is still being exposed to this much art. I think it's wonderful, and I'm so grateful.
Kettle-glazed fried chicken, fries, a biscuit, and side of honey. (Not pictured: fresh ice-shaker lemonade.) Because every once in a while this has to happen. You understand. I didn't want this meal to end. Mercifully, I ran out of things to eat.
This lunch was a lovely, delectable interlude in an otherwise hectic day.
I can hardly believe it, but this is Lucy's last week of kindergarten. As a Room Mom, I've been in the classroom a lot this year. A lot. With many other awesome moms and dads. But it's not been the norm to see THIS MANY dads in class- sitting on tiny chairs, no less! Made my heart happy.
They have some fun activities planned for this week, including the special event this morning. Today Lucy's teacher hosted a pre-Father's Day "Donuts for Dads" celebration. The kiddos escorted their dads to their seats, and fetched them donuts and orange juice, and visited with them for a while.
L was beyond excited that B would be going to class with her today. This picture, like their relationship, melts my heart. Looking at it, I can't tell who is happier or more proud.
Remind me to post about our Mother's Day Tea sometime. It was so special, and I was a bawling mess. We were informed that this is the only year when we can expect special celebrations like these in class. Apparently the seriousness gets turned up several notches starting in first grade. Oh man, I'm not ready!
I couldn't be happier that peonies are in season again. Having them in the house makes me almost giddy with delight. Note to all family members: these exquisite blooms will be a constant fixture up in here for the next few months, so get used to it! Peony season is the best season!