Thursday, March 13, 2008


I always wondered if it was normal that Sam didn't share a lot of what happened at school with us. We would just get one word answers for our questions about how things were going. He never had stories about what went on at recess. He rarely told us little tidbits about the kids in his class. I had begun to think that it was just "how it's going to be," and had started to make peace with this disappointment.

And now he seems to be a different kid in that respect. I've just noticed that in the past few months he's been a lot more open, more talkative. Today I heard about a hockey game that took place (girls against boys) back when he was in 3rd grade. It was a great story, and I laughed with him as he reenacted some of the girls' playing styles. I have a feeling there is more good stuff to come, and I couldn't be happier.

And speaking of changes...we received a letter from his school this week telling us that Thursday was the first of 3 talks from the school nurse on puberty. We decided, based on (among other factors) some conversations with other parents who had faced this ahead of us, that we would not have him attend. I fully expected a negative reaction, if not just a lack of response. Instead we received a note from his teacher that said, "I am entirely in agreement with you. Sam is lucky to have parents who are willing to discuss this subject with him." Not that we need her approval, but it was a nice little bit of validation this week.


That's the number of centimeters of snow that have fallen so far this winter in Quebec City. FYI, 458.7 centimeters is a little over 15 feet. No matter how you look at it, that's a LOT of snow.

We beat the previous record set in 1965-66. All this white, all the shoveling, it's causing frustration and low morale. And look here to see how it has recently affected one man in particular.

There's probably only one person in the whole province that's not sick of this. Any guesses who it is??