Saturday, March 30, 2013

#Slice 2013: 30 of 31- Silliness to remember

For the month of March, I have been writing every day as part of the Slice of Life Challenge hosted by Ruth and Stacey at My teaching-oriented posts are at tworeflectiveteachers.blogspot, while my personal posts are here. 

On Friday morning, we took our four daughters into New York City to meet up with our friends from Spain. We have known the LaForas for almost thirty years and Larkin, our 16 year-old daughter lived with them for her first semester of her junior year. Needless to say, we were excited to see them.

Our day was full of hugs, laughs, stories, and adventures. Even though I had never met Cristina's two daughters, I felt like I knew them well. After all, Larkin had introduced them to me on skype so I have already had many conversations with them. Truly, technology flattens our world.

We had many silly moments, but one that I want to remember was at the restaurant. We were ten people so we took up a lot of room in a small restaurant. At the end of dinner, Larkin got especially goofy and was showing everyone how she can twist her arms around her head and reach her mouth from the opposite sides. Yes, she got our entire table to try and we were laughing, watching each other's contortions. What we didn't realize was that the tables around us were trying out Larkin's trick, as well. We were pretty entertaining, I guess.

As we were leaving the restaurant, the women at the next table talked to us, wanting to know about our friendship, then about Barcelona, and about all of our daughters. It turned out that the woman was a regular there and, like us, the mother of four daughters.

"Oh, so you have four girls," she said to my husband. "Just wait until they're..."

She stopped in mid-sentence. "Uh-oh," she said. "How old are they?"

When my husband shared that Larkin is almost seventeen, the woman nodded and smiled empathetically.

Uh-oh, my thoughts echoed her words. Just wait isn't futuristic any more. We're there.

We left the table of women laughing and still trying to wrap their arms around their heads, as we headed for the Top of the Rock.

Enjoy your friends and families,


  1. I know. It's funny how the future becomes the present in the blink of any eye. While I have small children, my older son is one year from starting kindergarten. How can that be possible? I'm so glad you captured this slice -- it's silly and lovely. Have fun with your friends!

  2. This is a story that would be forgotten over time, but now it is preserved and documented a fantastic day with friends. That's what slice of writing is. Time does fly but you preserved a piece of it here. :-)

  3. Sounds like you had a great day! Larkin's feat is impressive. I can't get my hands past my ears!

  4. Love it! If my right shoulder was free and working I'd try the contortion myself! Fun description!