I had forgotten that my friend Corinna had invited people for a "talk while you walk or run" outing this morning, for which I had responded in the affirmative. She reminded me a little after 8 am and I didn't want to go. The floor needed sweeping, the weather was cold, the logistics of school dropoffs were bugging me.
But I had an hour before I needed to leave for her house. Dan took Reese to school. I finished breakfast, swept up, got dishes done, bundled up Griffin and Xander, loaded up the stroller. Griff scootered and I strolled over to Corinna's house. He ended up hanging out there with Marisella and Daniella while Corinna, Zoe, and I took off. We walked three miles through the Windsor Farms neighborhood, up hills and down, chatting about architecture and TED Talks and CO2 emissions and kids and snow and birds and whatever else came to mind. Xander snoozed the whole time. I picked Griff up, he and I walked/scootered to school, and then I headed back with just enough time to get a bite to eat before picking Reese up from Sabot. All told, counting all of the legs of my journey, I walked 4.5 miles. Not shabby! (and I'm feeling it now!)
Reese happily reported later that he had gotten to ride in daddy's car, and that he had lots of mints (daddy did not feel like eating mints, and had none), and hot chocolate. A very special morning indeed. He got to borrow a favorite book from school today, which was a nice moment for him - and nice when Dan read it to him this evening. too. We're trying to figure out how to give Reese the attention he needs - no small feat when it's difficult to find alone time with him, and he is *so very three* right now, and his siblings need attention, too. I discovered last night that he likes massage, telling me that it hurts but that he likes it (I'm also a fan of firm massage, none of that light stuff for me), and that he does like it when I rub his head before he goes to sleep. I'm also coming to realize that he *needs* to show aggressive behavior, and that perhaps the answer to preventing harm from coming to other kids is to have adults participate in aggressive (but controlled) play with him - something like boxing, or martial arts, or other high-impact gross-motor stuff. He needs a lot of touch and a lot of energetic contact play. I think the kid could benefit from a trampoline and a punching bag.
The snow is melting, spring is coming.