I failed to write the things I learned in April, and now it’s the last day of May and I’m thinking it’s the last day of April, even though I know June starts tomorrow. Pregnancy brain? Maybe. But I’m fighting it, and so here’s my effort to remember some things I learned in May, linking up with Emily P. Freeman.
- Earlier today, I learned that it’s a lot harder to get things out from under the couch — say, a stray pen — when 28 weeks pregnant. I just can’t flatten on the floor like I used to do. On a related note, I learned about the fact that I can no longer turn sideways to fit through narrow spaces.
2. I learned that apparently it’s a struggle to distinguish short white men from tall Asian women. On the one hand, this one made me laugh, and on the other, it made me so sad. The secular machine, purportedly founded on scientific fact, seems bent on removing all objectively distinguishable facts from the dialog. My question for these students is, if reality is this subjective, why do they submit to receive objective grades from their professors?
3. I learned about how scary ultrasounds can be if the doctor is there and he spends a long time looking at your baby’s head and then tells you “We’ll talk about it upstairs.” Upstairs he said everything looked great. And we were very thankful.
4. I stumbled on this three-year-old confirmation of why you should read Narnia in its original publication order rather than “chronological” story order. Not in need of defense is the presupposition that you should read Narnia. I’ve been feeling the re-read itch for months now, but am saving them to read aloud to baby once he’s here, even though he won’t be fully able to appreciate them for a few years yet.
5. I rediscovered the local library, with all the nostalgia of years of weekly visits to local libraries while growing up. This one has books, big windows, flowers, a pond, a fountain, and a walking trail. What’s not to love?
6. I learned things about the Process of Buying a House — inspections and insurance and mortgages and attorney’s fees.
7. I learned about how nice it is when the lady changing out the flowers in Chick-fil-a chooses you as the recipient of a large-size cup-full of week-old pink carnations and Baby’s Breath.
8. I learned about the Voice of the Martyrs podcast, and particularly the interview they did with missionary John Short who was detained for fifteen days in North Korea. This is the first of three interviews with John and his wife; they are all worth hearing.
9. I learned that when your husband finishes his first year of PhD studies and takes a week off work, and there is time to just be together again, it is an excellent thing.
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