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sweet monkey

I feel like I often write about the trials and tribulations of parenting while not always recognizing the wonderful, joyous aspects like watching your child turn into this individual being. Yesterday I was at the mall with Monkey and felt a post brewing in my head about how sweet and loving he is towards other kids. Without any real prompting from us, he has always been super sweet and gentle when playing. For example, if he is holding a ball or toy and another child approaches him, he will generally offer him/her whatever he’s holding. He often gently touches a playmate’s arm or hand as if to say, “I like you! This is a fun time we’re having!” He doesn’t seem to care at all when a playground is teeming with kids (argh) – he gleefully joins right in and follows others around who are playing and having a good time.

Monkey and pal

Monkey loves to have his playdates and talks about his friends when he’s not with them (“Nay [Nate]? Fahvey [Harvey]? Bobo [Boden, who goes by Bobo]?”). He seems to be a very social guy and not at all shy about playing with kids he doesn’t know. I have high-hopes for him in pre-school next year. “Nay” will be starting at the same time and is the same age (younger by 10 days), so he’ll already have a built-in pal.

It is so fun and fills me with such pride to watch him develop into this kind, caring, and sweet full-fledged little boy. Hard to believe he was that teeny little nugget in my belly not so long ago.

Oh, and he also watched his first full-length movie last week! We watched Ponyo and he was absolutely mesmerized. We split it up over two days and he is still talking about Ponyo. We are huge Miyazaki fans so we’re thrilled that he seems to be as well. Yay! Next up: My Neighbor Totoro 🙂

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june non-challenge: college & friends

Day 15 – What was your college experience like? Were you involved in any clubs, groups, etc?

My college experience was loooooonnnnggg. I applied to schools in South Carolina and none in California as my plan was to go back “home.” Of course, by the time I was accepted into a couple of those schools, I considered CA my home. So I unhappily went to our local community college. After a year, I transferred to another CC down in San Diego. Then I transferred to SDSU, where I was completely miserable. So not my scene – blonde Barbies and frat boys. I dropped out and lived by the beach in SD for about a year. Then I moved back to LA and decided I didn’t want to be a receptionist for the rest of my life and got back into school. I finished in a couple of years at a local state school where I met my lovely wife.

I so hope Monkey gets the true college experience as I feel like it’s something I missed out on (dorms and the like).

Day 16 – How many friends do you have in real life that you talk to regularly? How many friends do you have that you feel are ‘true blue’ and how long have you known them?

Maybe it’s not that healthy, but I don’t really have any super close friends outside of DW. We are best friends and have been for 15 years. I wouldn’t want to travel or go out with people without her there. It just wouldn’t be as fun to me. We have several couples that we are friends with, one that we are pretty close with. I moved a lot when I was a kid, so I don’t really have long-term friends. Is that weird?

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