(Pictured: Will's Orange Room)
When you look at this photograph, please keep Jack's observation in mind: "Mom, did you notice how there's an orange glow in the hallway outside of Will's room now?" Yes, yes I did.
The Japanese Hot Lunch is today. I look forward to reporting on it later. I can only imagine what it will be like serving twenty kindergarteners California Rolls and counting how many of them a) immediately unpack the rolls and shove avocado up their noses; b) break into wild sobs and have to be taken to the nurse's office; or c) stare straight ahead and pretend they live in a plastic bubble where nothing will ever hurt them again.
Twenty kindergarteners wielding chopsticks. Think about that and keep me in your prayers.
Please note in the above picture that Will has already taped posters to his wall. I love how little kids tape stuff. Will pulls off foot-long strips of tape and maybe a quarter-inch of it actually makes it onto the thing he's taping. He's got no game when it comes to tape.
The new thing about Jack's room is his bookcase. I bought it at Lowes and chose to assemble it myself. It only took me a week after purchase to psyche myself up enough to do the actual job (a record for me), and the result is a very handsome bookcase indeed.
Here's the funny thing: Despite the fact that Jack is a mess, that it would never occur to him to pick up after himself, put his clothes in the hamper, or inspect under his bed every six months to see what's growing there, the first thing he did after the new bookcase was installed next to his bed was request a coaster for it. He doesn't want his nightly glass of ice water to leave a water mark on the finish.
It slays me that he cares. It slays me that it actually occurred to him that the finish needs protecting. It slays me that every night at bedtime he brings up his glass of ice water and puts it carefully on the coaster on the book case.
It almost makes up for the fact that he never puts his dirty clothes in the hamper.