I used to dread summer vacations almost as much as I dreaded summer itself. I’m no summer person. I detest the heat and its combination with humidity and the idea of spending long hours outdoors does not appeal to me. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel that way about summer.
The kids’ summer vacation is something else. I used to get stressed over the constant fighting and bickering when they got bored. Respite only came during the last two summers because they were busy with summer school activities. Last year, it was soccer for Sam; English camp for Alex.
Bored kids are not exactly fun to be with. They are irritated and, often, irritating. Dealing with them when I’m not feeling too swell myself considering the suffocating heat was often an ordeal.
Well, kids grow up and they learn to deal with situations.
I was in their school earlier to turn over some of the administrative functions of the school’s website to the High School Coordinator. Alex went with me to go to her twice weekly Kumon class. She knew she was going to do a lot of waiting so she came prepared. She brought her digital camera.
Look what Alex came up with as a result of pure unadulterated boredom.
I think it’s part of a vine. Had I posted it as a separate entry, I would have entitled it “Curly.”
Above, the buds of the flower popularly called “yesterday, today and tomorrow”, shown below.
You might also want to view how she captured the details of the bougainvillea. :)
Years ago, back in 2003 or 2004 or thereabouts, I remember posting a comment in someone else’s blog about how, over the years, I have kept my children’s drawings from the day they could draw. I remember saying that I had a briefcase bulging with their drawings and “notes to mommy.” I still have that briefcase and their drawings and notes are still there.
But they don’t make childish drawings anymore. They take wonderful digital photos these days. So, I thought I’d augment my bulging briefcase and make their photos a part of this journal. Well, actually, I initially suggested creating a separate photo blog for them but Sam had other ideas.