For $30 we enrolled Natalie in ballet class at the Metuchen YMCA. Natalie's first comment was: "I'm going to make new friends."
Natalie has a new adult in her life. Mrs. Young reads stories to children at the Metuchen library, and Natalie loves it. She even writes notes to Mrs. Young. Valerie drives Natalie to the library if Margie has to stay home and watch the little ones.
Natalie carries with her two books. "Anne of Green Gables," is the one she sleeps with. No pictures, just a classic paperback novel. Mom asked her if she wanted a picture book at the library and Natalie said, "No, just novels."
"You're so old, Daddy. That means you're going to die soon," she told her dad.
You'll be sad, right Nat?
"No, because I like Mommy."
But later she says: "I love you, Daddy."
"I don't know. Just because."
Theo approaches me at 6:30 a.m. "I can't remember if we're supposed to wear our costumes today or tomorrow," he said.
Tomorrow's Saturday, Theo.
"Oh yeah!" and he runs to change into his costume.