Errol loves riding horses (wait ‘til they give him a hippo!) His teachers were worried he would cry on his first day out riding, but Errol laughed the whole time. The next week when his class went back to ride, Errol’s riding assistant said he was the happiest child she had ever seen (she thinks he’s happy on a horse, she should see him on our Pomeranian!)
We’ve continued our work on up! Errol has gotten really good at answering our questions about up? Once he even volunteered up! Which is a big developmental step forward. We are so happy to have an entrance into Errol’s desires. Now if he could just change his diaper.
Errol’s brother Owen (ready to turn six) is opening some of life’s most exciting doors. All at once, Owen is discovering math, reading and writing. It’s a very exciting time for him (he gets very proud) and it’s great fun to guide him along the path of learning (I’m a real bad-ass when it comes to addition!!!) It’s also a world Errol will probably (never say never) not know. After all, Errol is three and his vocabulary consists of uh-oh! and we’re ecstatic because he can occasionally sign up! (for all we know, he thinks it means swordfish). Errol learns and then he forgets, he learns and then he forgets. Sometimes it’s like he’s walking through quicksand.
Then again, math and reading are great (well at least reading), but I’m not sure they are the be-all and end-all. Errol has opened doors we didn’t even know were there. He’s shown us that life is abundantly joyful, that laughing is better than not laughing, and that there must be something really amazing on his right hand (three years into this thing he keeps on staring at his right hand - maybe there is a secret code or a tiny pirate treasure map tattooed on there). We are grateful for both our boys and all the doors they lead us through.