Sisters…

Can you tell?  

The farther apart they are the more they seem to communicate. 

It has been interesting noticing how the conversation has changed between the kids with our oldest of to school.  The family of 3 months ago is gone, passed into the ages like crawling turns to walking.  Not bad, mind you, just change which has its ups and downs.  

Of course, they notice me noticing them…. stinkers.

Train trip to the big city.

Train trip to the big city. #hipstamatic #iphonography #wehmeierportraits #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #trains #illinoiscentral #reflections

I love taking the train in the city.  I’m a bit of a train nut.  This time, however, it was Ry’s idea.  So we drove over to Homewood to catch the IC.  Great memories for me, my mom and I would take the same line downtown to shop at Field’s.  That was when the cars were deep green, noisy, one level, hot, and had hard to open windows.

My mom would tell me about when she was a girl and took the same trains to the city for school, in fact, the same passenger cars.   Kids are funny when you’re trying to share history, some times they are all ears other times you just don’t know if they’ve even heard you.  I know I was probably the same with my mom.  But, I’m glad I listened enough to pass some things on and I’m pretty persistent on trying to pass it on again.   We don’t seem to value this personal history until it’s gone forever.  Getting can be tricky, record it and the pressure is on, hear it when it comes naturally and you forget to write it down.  Then there’s the whole part about passing it on.

Ry’s ears did perk up a bit when he was asking questions about the conductor and why he was putting holes in our tickets.   I told him it was the same job is Great Great Grandfather had on the very same rail line we were riding.  After that, I was able to share a few more things my mom told me, like how all the conductors new her.  No getting out of line for her…  but there were more than a few punches that seemed to mysteriously miss her ticket.

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Yippee!!! They’re all back in!!!

Yippee!!! They're all back in!!! #wehmeierportraits #vscocam #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #school

Elise and I walked the halls of Carl Sandberg HS last night for our middle daughter’s first semester as a freshman.  My take aways…. I sure hope she has a good pair of shoes for getting through that monstrous place and school lockers haven’t changed much.  Got me thinking… with all the changes we’ve seen in the last 20 year to work and life,  I can be certain of the value of a good pair of shoes… I’m not so certain about the locker.  With Chromebooks for all and submitting homework in the cloud, the locker with its manual combination feels too slow.  Do we need a place to store stuff when we’re trying to teach the young to be nimble?

Got me thinking… with all the changes we’ve seen in the last 20 year to work and life,  I can be certain of the value of a good pair of shoes… I’m not so certain about the locker.  With Chromebooks for all and submitting homework in the cloud, the locker with its manual combination feels way too slow and do we need a place to store stuff when we’re trying to teach the young to be nimble?

Although, one Principle did say that a few years agothey had a new student’s little brother locked inside one.   I know a couple of sisters that would find that quite valuable.

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On Her Way

“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s”  C.G. Jung

My #1 is off to college. One more step on her 1000 mile journey into the unknown…. how exciting!!!!

And for us? Another milestone, I feel it keenly. The house is just a little quieter.

Milestones are funny things.  This one for me was pretty obvious but most sneak up on you if you’re not paying attention.  Milestones are great reminders for us to take a pause and become aware of the moment you are in and remind yourself that this moment will quickly be gone.