1. A very early morning flurry of activity as Steve and Tess leave for a day of skiing. They are excited and happy to go. I am excited and happy to stay.
2. It may be a sign that this teenage daughter is growing up. She doesn't bring her ipod when we go out together and instead, we talk and interact for hours.
3. Testing mattresses, neatly lined up in long rows. First this one, then that one; lie this way, then that way. Finally she says, "I just want to jump on them all." I gaze down the expansive row and imagine what fun that would be. We look at each other and smile.
* I would like to make note of three different salesmen who were exceptional today. I complain a lot these days that stores don't hire good associates, but today we hit the jackpot. The gentleman at the Mattress Depot was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He made us comfortable to look around. The owner of Leatherhous assisted us while we chatted, discussed business, and he explained the variety of products. Lastly, the young man in Advanced Auto Parts even asked if he could carry my bag out for me. (It was a single plastic bag.) I thanked him but told him the day I needed help with a bag like this, I was in trouble. Kudos to these businesses for their customer service!