Even though it feels like we got an extra week in this month (I think because Labor Day is so late this year), I'm still astonished at how quickly this month has flown by. It may have something to do with the fact that the days are getting noticeably shorter or that we're closing in on the final part of the year. But it's officially the final day of August, conveniently falling on the last Tuesday of the month, so it's time for my monthly check-in with my One Little Word. Thanks as always to Carolyn for hosting us for our monthly link-up!
Balance this month had a lot to do with Rainbow, so it feels very appropriate that my monthly reflection should fall on her first day of school for the new year.
It's really hit me in so many ways this moment that Rainbow is right on the cusp of leaving childhood. Physically, she's noticed her body changing (in some ways that are welcome and some that are not), and socially and emotionally, she's starting to assert her independence and separate herself from us. Earlier this month, she moved into the bedroom on our third floor, where she now has her own space and more privacy. Though she still relies on us for plenty of things, she's becoming more self-sufficient and learning to rely more on her own thoughts and judgments.
I thinking most, if not all, of you who are parents and have had children go through this period of adolescence will know how I'm feeling and how I am struggling to find a good middle ground between wanting to protect my "baby" from anything that might hurt her, physically or emotionally, and at the same time wanting to push her to challenge herself and learn those important life lessons that our children will really only learn when they've experienced them directly. I strive to make her know that I'm always here for her and will always support her but that I want her to feel comfortable relying on herself. I know that this is a process we'll be going through together for many years.
I realized not long ago that I'd completely forgotten to update my 21 in 2021 last month, so let's check in on that, shall we?
- Bake challah for shabbat DONE
Run a 5K straightWalk the length of the UK - in progress
- Learn a new knitting technique DONE
- Sew a project bag DONE
- Knit a sweater out of handspun DONE
- Spin for a sweater - DONE
- Read a book outside my comfort zone DONE
- Try making pastry
- Knit or crochet a toy DONE
- Design a crochet pattern
- Read a biography/autobiography DONE
- Spin the oldest fiber in my stash DONE
- Knit five items for charity DONE
- Finish my WIPs from 2020 DONE
- Knit a sweater for Rainbow DONE
- Knit socks for my brother DONE
- Read a book of poetry DONE
- Read a book by a Native American/Indigenous author DONE
- Try three new meatless recipes DONE
- Go for at least three bike rides
- Read a book Rainbow reads for school DONE
I have only crossed one item off my list this month (that would be number 6, Spin for a sweater), but I'm making excellent progress on number 2 and should be able to cross it off at the end of this week because I have only about 20 miles left to walk to reach 1,083 miles and have already walked 11 miles so far this week. I'm trying to decide if I want to count the amigurumi pierogi I made way back in January for item number 10 or if I want to formally design something -- meaning writing up the instructions, whether or not I choose to publish. And we haven't succeeded in doing any family bike rides this year, though I'm hoping it's something we can do when the weather gets a little less oppressive. I am regularly thinking about making pastry and am determined to try it, so that will be one I am not likely to forget about. So all in all, very good progress toward completing this list!
How has the month of August been for you and your word? How are you feeling about the summer ending and the fall starting?
I will be back tomorrow with a big update!