— This post was originally written in Spanish. Scroll down for the English translation! —
Ya de nuevo ha llegado el inicio de la temporada escolar. Y como mi hijo ya está más grandecito (acaba de cumplir los 4), me parece que la gente nunca me deja de preguntar para cuando él va a entrar a la escuela. Ahora es casi el único tema de conversación en los juegos del parque, y ojalá que algo más interesante pronto ocurra para que tengamos de qué más platicar aparte de su edad y a cuál preescolar estará asistiendo.
Los que realmente sí se me hacen interesantes son los asuntos del crecimiento social y intelectual de los niños; pero es un poco más difícil empezar a platicar sobre estas cosas ahí en el parque con los demás padres de familia.
Here’s another sketch from church service this week. There was no hot chocolate left at the coffee bar, so I took what I figured was the next best thing… and it made me nauseous. That’s not to say it wouldn’t be pleasant for someone who enjoys coffee, but for the life of me I just could not handle it.
As I have grown older, I have started to spend less and less of my time doing things like watching TV or curling up to a good book. It’s not that I don’t want to; I have issues sitting still without falling asleep. So it’s nearly a miracle when I can sit through an entire movie and actually see the whole thing (for a while I kept wondering why I only remembered the first several minutes of various movies I’d watched with my husband).
And despite how much I enjoy attending church, and how interested I am in the topic of any given day, I struggle to stay awake during any service at any church. A while back, I decided to pick up once again with a habit I had in high school with my favorite teachers (although back then it wasn’t because I would fall asleep, but rather because I never wanted to stop drawing something). Instead of relying on my friends and family to nudge me if my head starts bobbing, I have started to write and sketch during church service. It may sound disrespectful, but it actually keeps me listening attentively. I can take notes on strong points from the sermon that I want to remember while simultaneously maintaining my body and mind occupied with something else. I have also decided to start saving my doodles and posting some of them for your (however minimal) amusement. Today’s sketch is a quick response to our family visit to the movies this weekend (I had snacks, so I did make it through the whole movie!!)…