Sunday evening, after yet another busy week/weekend.
Madeline finished both physics and pre-calculus this week! And finished well– she gets B in both. She says she will miss doing math, which I cannot relate to at all but is wonderful to hear! Both my kids seem to have inherited their dad’s math aptitude, which is a blessing. Madeline still will work on Spanish and writing, both of which are self-directed so my input will be minimal. So we are into May and the school year is almost over. Her piano recital is a week from today and then that will be done. Most of her other activities continue into June but there is still a sense of winding down.
Jacob is almost done with his semester, classes are over and he just has 1 exam and a paper and he’s done. However, he then heads off with the flight team for the national competition and will be gone 10 days. He is still up in the air about his summer plans but will most likely stay in Dubuque, so it will be a little different around here this summer. But that’s okay– he’s got things to do, and Madeline and I will be busy this summer too. He passed the check-ride for his multi-engine rating this past week, another milestone for him.
I think we will have a party for Madeline’s graduation. Jacob just wanted dinner with his sister an I, his dad and dad’s wife, and Uncle Bill. It was only somewhat awkward. That was 3 years ago, and since then their dad’s wife has become increasingly more unfriendly to me and Madeline would like to have other people around to offset the awkwardness, which is understandable and will also be fun. Their dad has informed me it is my fault that wife is unfriendly; the kids have both assured me that I have been perfectly pleasant and cordial and done nothing to cause this. And yes, they would tell me if I was behaving badly! I had asked them about it because I feel bad– it makes it difficult for their dad and I to be together at their activities. I actually thought the wife was a very nice person and thought we got on well at first but things deteriorated. I still try to be pleasant and cordial but am not sure what else to do about it. She has a lot of hostility towards me. Ah well.
I cancelled my satellite TV this week, and am sort of regretting it at the moment since I can’t watch Mad Men or Sherlock tonight. But I am pretty sure I will survive and will get to catch up eventually. I did purchase a Roku unit and have set it up, so I’m feeling mildly tech-savvy. It will save me some money. This will be the last month I receive child support so it is time to make some changes. I find it weird that child support in Wisconsin ends when they graduate or turn 18 (whichever comes last), yet I still have to feed and house them until they got to college. I shouldn’t complain, though. I’ve had things much better than many, many women (and men) who are divorced and raising children.
We made it to Mass at our own church this morning, I was lector and Madeline played piano & sang. It was good to be there. Father David’s sermon was about baptism and rebirth and nourishing ourselves through the Eucharist, it was excellent. His sermons are always good but have been particularly so this Easter.
I’m still reading John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie and loving it– I’ve even been reading it aloud to Madeline while she draws. A nice side effect of no TV.