I have finally filled my seventh child care space! I only had room for a child 4 or older, and those spaces are always the hardest to fill. Most people who put their kids in daycare do so when they are one (we get 50 weeks maternity leave in Canada), so most people who want their preschool-age kid in a family child care want them in the family child care they’ve been in since they were a baby. Generally I fill these spaces with people who have just moved here, either from the suburbs or another country- I’ve had kids from Bulgaria, Japan, Israel and Saudi Arabia.
The new kid, CF, is a five-year-old girl. She was actually supposed to start this week but she has a bad cough so her dad postponed. They moved down here from the interior of BC last year (I think) but CF hasn’t been in another child care- she’s been in Children’s Hospital battling liver cancer.
Her doctor just gave him the go-ahead to put her in daycare (and register her for kindergarten in September), and when her dad called me last week and asked to come by so we could meet & discuss the possibility of his daughter coming her, he told me about her medical history so that when I met her I wouldn’t wonder why she was bald (she actually has a slightly fuzzy head like a little baby chicken). Everyone knows tiny little kids with terrible diseases is basically the saddest thing ever, but let me tell you, CT is not someone you need to coddle or pity. If a human being could be an exploding firecracker, that’s her. They stayed for about an hour, her dad and I talking and going through paperwork and CT and Symphony playing. The whole time she was just cheerful energetic giggles running jumping fun. She actually wore Symphony out- when they left I realized she hadn’t practiced her piano yet so I gave her a choice: do it then or do double practice the next day. She chose double practice the next day (who choose DOUBLE PIANO PRACTICE???) and went straight to bed AND straight to sleep!
In mural news, I am SO HAPPY with how everything is turning out. On the weekend I finished the outlines on the first seven planets:
… and I literally (as in the paint is still wet) just finished Saturn as well:
I also finally started the Sun:
… as well as the Earth and Mini-Mecha-Fawn:
I know these aren’t looking very impressive yet but don’t forget, the other eight paintings used to look like this. What a difference eight million layers of paint applied with a teeny-tiny fiddly brush makes, right?
Also: I know this blog has been a real snore lately, and I apologize. I’ve actually been sick and really drained for the last month and basically all I do is work-paint-sleep-repeat, which doesn’t really make for an exciting variety of posts.