day 225 Yesterday was L’s last day of school. When the afternoon bell rang, Schools Out played over the loudspeakers. Who doesn’t need a crescendo from Alice Cooper to close out the year? Things that happened on the couch today: In a tousle over a book, the little one accidentally head-butted his brother in the nose, which wasn’t bleeding but was pink and slightly swollen. I checked the freezer for the soft ice pack reserved for injuries but with one upset and the other one close, I bypassed unpacking the jam jar popsicles I made earlier plus aging jar of rum and bags of nuts for a small bag of blueberries. I cleared their toys off the couch and made space for L to lie down for a few minutes. “Mom, there’s blueberry juice leaking all over the place.” So much for ice. How the little one salvaged a spilled blueberry in the process, I’ll never know, though it is a testament to his clever eye. Later on, while I ran a bath for him, the little one ran out of the bathroom, stood climbed onto the couch and peed. It was only a matter of time. Things that happened off the couch today: I made chocolate cherry ice cream, L and I ate leftover Chinese food for lunch, we emptied new sand into the sandbox, the little one found the cat litter scooper and licked it, I read them stories and showed the little one where the wild strawberries grow, cooked other leftovers for dinner, took out the compost when the little one finally went to bed.