Alida is invited to a sleep-over by one of her friends in class. Elaine is not invited.
Take Alida. Elaine is upset.
Stop myself right there from letting it become a big deal and going out of my way to try to smooth things over because I instantly envision the amount of smoothing I'll be doing for the rest of my life if I set this precedent now. So, I make it no big deal, and we go on about our day sans Alida.
Sure enough, a week later, Alida is not invited to the pottery making birthday party that Elaine's friend from her class is having. The universe sets itself right.
Except that when I send an e-mail RSVP to friend's mommy, friend's mommy responds that she knows that Elaine is a twin, and she should bring her along to the party too!
Drat. Command decision: ignore second invitation, explain to mommy as I drop off Elaine.
After seeing Alida's list making on the blog, grandpa and grandma sent her a package of infamous Helmers notepads. I'm pretty sure our family has kept the manufacturers in business single-handed in this electronic age with our list making inclinations.
Turns out, the notepads were treasured by all (thank you for thoughtfully sending many). And here I found the boys huddled around their lamp, well beyond bedtime. Here they are making lists of characters for some game they are creating. These, the children who could not be convinced to pick up a pencil for their homework.