Courtney is out of town this week. Sadly, her grandmother is very ill, and the outlook isn't very good, so Courtney's gone to be with her family in Dallas.
Luckily the bigger two children are getting old enough to be a little more independent, which makes certain things easier while I'm being solo dad. Tonight, though, Blake had homework for the first time and wanted my help.
ASSIGNMENT 1: Draw the night sky. He wanted to go outside for inspiration, but was already in pajamas and couldn't find his slippers. Instead, I pulled out a book for us to work from. Two things make this book cool. First, it was written and illustrated by H. A. Rey, who wrote and illustrated Curious George. Second, it used to be my dad's when he was a boy, then mine when I was a boy, and now Blake is using it.
ASSIGNMENT 2: Choose something that relates to the career you would like to have someday and bring it to school for show and tell. Blake is very into the idea of being a police officer lately, so he ran to his room and got out his pretend badge to put in his backpack, and then said, "I wish that I had a pair of handcuffs, too." And he said it so sweetly and plaintively that I just couldn't bear the thought of sending him to school without handcuffs.
I just hope that he doesn't feel the need to explain to any of his friends or teachers that Daddy keeps a pair of handcuffs in his nightstand.