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December 8, 2009

Scene: The grassy area in front of the barn behind our house on a snowy evening. AJ and Harriet are walking home from chess club.

AJ: Hey, Mom! Look at that snow! Doesn’t it look like something?

Harriet: [considering the lump of snow] I’m not sure. What do you think it looks like?

AJ: A horsehead nebula!

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AJ got second place in his chess club tournament. He was neck and neck for first place, but the girl who won first place outplayed him at the end. But AJ didn’t care much, and she was so very happy about it that not one kid felt bad about it. Plus they all got medals and candy as rewards. It was the last day of the session. Next week I’ll supervise the kids playing on their own and we’ll start back up again after Christmas.

We threw snowballs at each other as we walked home afterwards in the dark. AJ made the first snow angel of the season on the way home. It’s in the corner of our yard nearest the stop sign. He drew the halo on with his fingers. But it is already gone, buried in the snow flakes that have been falling thick and fast for the last several hours. There will be a lot more shoveling tomorrow. And maybe also cookies.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. crankygirl permalink
    December 9, 2009 8:53 am

    I’m sorry he didn’t win, but I am really psyched to hear that there’s a girl in chess club and that she’s good.

  2. freshhell permalink
    December 9, 2009 9:08 am

    Nothing wrong with second place. Go AJ!

  3. December 9, 2009 2:21 pm

    It’s also nice to have a person in the chess club who is just about as good as you are, or better. Gives you someone to compete with regularly.

    We just watched Elf. I love the snowball fight scene in that movie.

  4. December 9, 2009 2:54 pm

    She’s the only girl and she is good and very, very cute. I like her a lot. AJ wins all the puzzles, but she usually outplays him in games because her concentration’s much better than AJ’s. He hasn’t learned to sustain it through a game, especially if there are any distractions (which there usually are).

    Jeanne, I’ve never seen Elf. Maybe this will be the year we finally watch it. It looks like something AJ might like as well.

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