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It’s not even that a plugs post had to be written. I had been thinking about one for some time, but it grew very organically in the last month or two as I’ve been reflecting on the last two months that have passed since school and daycare began. We are thick into the school year now, with rituals and schedules and running into the school principal right before a photo shoot (calms the nerves) and spending part of Halloween with some of Des’ daycare crew. We are thick into this community, and if Halloween didn’t seal that deal spectacularly, it was already set in stone. It’s really the sword in the stone, and I’d be hard pressed to pull it out. I wouldn’t even try to disengage this blessed family from this wonderful town. We are so very here.
I’ve noticed lately that there are people, places and things that have made my life dramatically better and easier. With anxiety, my biggest photography work surge to date, my sister’s big wedding with travel, and all of the adjustments here, there and everywhere, I have come to appreciate some old and new favorites. I have needed them all badly, and they should be noted. They should be shouted out here, there, and everywhere. And so I
stand write before you, with my virtual toast:
– A toast to Des’ daycare. Childcare is a privilege for us, and not a necessity.. Mostly. I do need that time to work and he does need that time to explore the world a different way, but if we couldn’t afford it, we would make do. That said, with Des being two-years-old and totally ready to do something more than hang out with just me, day after day, it was time. The transition went better than I expected and it is a safe place for all of us. The toys kick a**, the other families are wonderful, and the two “teachers” (is that what you call them at daycare?) provide two healthy meals and a number of fun activities. When Des isn’t at daycare, he’s asking to go. When we pull up to their house, he screams with joy. Thank you, Miriam & Jill.
– A toast to iHelpers.NET (affiliate link alert!) for the best hosting for my two websites – photography business and blog. They were the only ones who could help me, one dark weekend, when both of my websites had connectivity issues and my old hosting company gave me the runaround. They were the ones to talk to me on the phone, like humans, and help me figure out what the problem was and what I needed to do. Also, did you notice how much faster my website got? It used to be so slow! Thank you, iHelpers, for the speed, the insanely good customer service, for being brilliant at what you do, and for this:
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– A toast to Scarlet’s school. Although we are not wealthy, at all, we do have choices. There are private schools and charter schools and homeschooling options and choices of other public schools in this town, and surrounding towns. We are very happy with the elementary school that will be in our lives for many years to come. And I know we didn’t choose Scarlet’s teacher, but she deserves mention because she very honestly made me cry once. In a good way. And there are good ways to cry.
– Also a toast to the other school moms and dads. From conversations about camera strobes to why women belong with other women, from whining kids and rude adults to people who annoy us, thank you for making me feel normal. Ish.
– A toast to our hairdresser. For the last minute appointments and for the great haircuts. We salute you, Piper!
– A toast to our favorite farm/restaurant/market/deli/butcher/orchard/ice cream/all-in-one. For the special breakfasts at the counter with whipped cream pancakes. For the egg and cheese sandwiches, apple orchards, and all-around great personalities. For the Easter Egg Hunts and fall hayrides. For the festivals and sunsets.
– A toast to Mass Live for sending a wonderful reporter and photographer to our house, to interview us for our Doctor Who nerdiness. The article can be found online HERE. We were also in the Sunday paper! Bought a dozen copies!
– A toast to Kerri at Undiagnosed but okay for having me guest post today HERE!