Tuesday, February 20, 2007

day 25-- Shrove Tuesday

I had several phone calls to make on this morning and in the afternoon Aidan had an appointment in town, so it was an errand day. We did have pancakes!
Karen E has some wonderful Lenten posts and links.

Maybe you can tell this will be a scattered post — like my brain right now after 150 miles of travelling in an afternoon!

Very briefly:

Kieron and Sean did math and Latin, Kieron did Greek. Sean read Story of the Church and Kieron read some of the Celtic myths. Sean finished Tracker and is making his way through Fingal’s Quest. It’s interesting how I see him take a day or two reading the first couple of chapters and then suddenly start reading intensely until he’s done. This is definitely a pattern with him. Kieron on the other hand usually has several books going on at different stations of the house. One by his bedside, one by the computer, one at the table, and so on. Clare used to do that too but not so much anymore, unless she still does it but keeps the pile in her room. Brendan is a one-book-at-a-time person.

It is strange to think that today is the last day before Lent. Lent is one of my favorite times of the year. Not comfortable, in fact often rather arduous, but rewarding, like forging through a forest. … I am reading George MacDonald’s Phantastes right now.

When Aidan was struggling through his first year of life, the transplant coordinator said, “Easter will come and he will have turned a corner.” Somehow she was right. I don’t know if it was her medical judgment or a spiritual intuition or just trying to help us keep our eyes on the end of the tunnel, but I remember this every year and wonder how she knew.

Aidan at the USCF hospital, March 2000