He's been gone a long time. I have catching up to do with writing about that kid.
1- I was down in Braeden's room hanging up a shirt and he. Had. Made. His. Bed.
2- I said, "Who are you?"
3- Also he will occasionally unload/load the dishwasher with zero prompting.
4- Why is he the one that doesn't usually live here?
5- Emma and Vanessa are performing a pantomime for Drama Regionals. They practiced it for us last night. Emma kept losing concentration when Braeden laughed.
6- Braeden told her, "That's funny so you have to get used to people laughing."
7- Emma and Vanessa smiled at each other in pleasure and sort of wonder.
8- Braeden and I looked at the BYU class schedule so I can be prepared to register for him in June. He was looking at the kinds of classes that Adam took: Principles of Comparative Politics and the like. What really seemed to interest him were things like Arab-Palestinian-Israeli Conflict.
9- This is what happens when a boy grows up talking to Adam.
10- We have been using one gallon of milk per day.
11- By we, I mean Braeden.
12- Yesterday we were going to meet Adam for lunch. I said, "Maybe we'll go in his office and he can show you off."
13- Braeden smiled and said, "I like being shown off."
14- We've always been worried about his self esteem.
15- Before leaving I told Braeden I wanted to put lotion on his dry scaly cracked and bleeding hands. (Those poor hands are used to humidity.) If there's anything Braeden detests, it is lotion. He resisted and I insisted and we went back and forth. Finally he said, "I'm grown. You aren't in charge of my hands." I said, "When you are buying your own lunch, you will be a grown up. For now, I'm putting lotion on those hands."
16- He smiled and relented. And then he winced and acted tortured when I put on lotion.
17- Later he told me thanks for the lotion and his hands felt better.
18- He liked meeting all the people at work. He shook hands and smiled and chatted and was in his element.
19- The other day he said he didn't like being home all day. He likes to be "out among the people."
20- I think we'll go to another museum today. Gotta keep the extrovert happy.