back to the palace of highest learning


We dropped our daughter off at school yesterday.

Of course, when it’s only a 45 minute drive up the road, it’s not as traumatic as if we put her on a boat to China.

But anyplace “out of the house” is “somewhere else”….so we’re missing her a little.

You get used to your children being around.

That’s good.

We pulled up in the parking lot of the school….and she was almost instantly surrounded by friends.

That’s a gratifying thing for a parent to see.

You want to know that your children are going to be able to hang around with people they enjoy.

It’s good to see that they have a life that’s separate from us.

That’s part of “leaving the nest”, you know?

Sparrow is in the next room, getting her diaper changed… and yelling.

She has a diaper with little skulls on it that she always picks out of the stack.

I don’t know why she gravitates towards that one.

She’s asked about a good tattoo….but Jenny and I think that she’s too young for that.

For now, a diaper with some skulls will have to be as far as she takes the “baby rebel” thing.

So we’re catching the parenting thing from both sides….little and totally dependent ones….and older ones who are spreading their wings and seeing how it feels to fly.

That should keep us busy for a while.

Like that Chinese proverb says…. I wonder which of us prayed for interesting times?

I go back to work tomorrow after two weeks off.

I wonder if I’ll remember how to open the mailboxes?

Zoe’s back at school.

That was a pretty seamless transition….it’s getting easier to drop her off.

Who knows what will happen next?

“Wildflower” Skylark

This is a great song….but except for the part about being a “free and gentle flower”, well….no trauma here. Zoe’s a little flower….

Photo by Zoe Rorvig

About Peter Rorvig

I'm a non-practicing artist, a mailman, a husband, a father...not listed in order of importance. I believe that things can always get better....and that things are usually better than we think.

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