The kids began the new school year a week ago, so we are getting settled into a routine of sorts. We now have two middle-schoolers (6th and 7th) and two in elementary (1st and 2nd), so we have consolidated the number of car lines we wait in (hallelujah to not giving in to road rage trying to beat the tardy bell).
Some of the best debriefing occurs in the car, I find. When I asked Josh how his day went recently, he replied,
“Have you made any new friends?”
“Yes, I played with [ambiguous name] at recess.”
“Is [ambiguous name] a boy or girl?”
“She’s a girl. We played chase.”
“So you chased each other around the playground.”
“No, she chased me. She chased me the whole recess, and she didn’t even get tired. I guess girls are good at chasing.”
I smiled and said nothing.