Eastan is now in 7th grade. Where does the time go? He started Cross Country and has practice every day after school. On the first full week of school, Eastan came to me with a very serious request. It was around 8:30 p.m. and I was sitting in the kitchen catching up on my work email. The conversation went like this:
Eastan: Mom, can we sit down and plan a time for me to have just, like 30 minutes of down time. You know, where I can just relax and not do anything.
Me: (Remember, I am at my computer...answering emails...just finished making dinner, cleaning up dinner, etc) What do you mean?
Eastan: Well, I just had to run around all day after school and then when I got home, I didn't have any time to relax. Each time I started to relax, I had to get up and jump over another fence.
Me: Sure, we can do that. Didn't you watch a movie in your room for like 45 minutes?
Eastan: Well, I did but I had to stop because Dad told me I had to sweep off the back porch.
Me: (Trying to be as sweet as possible without laughing in his face) Ok, we will sit down and plan a time for you to relax.
Eastan then went off to bed and I finished answering emails. Oh, to be a seventh grader!