We’re celebrating Thanksgiving in Maryland with my husband’s three children, son-in-law and future son-in-law plus the grandkids, toddler Julia and baby Lily.  Last year, their mother, four months pregnant, was in the hospital suffering — and I do mean suffering — with ulcerative colitis. We’re very thankful to have a healthy, happy Lily with us and nobody in the hospital.

I’ve been watching Little Einsteins with Julia. Every episode features a bit of classical music, a “mission” in a rocket ship and information about things like the difference between adagio, moderato, allegro and presto. I’m not sure this is information toddlers need, but Julia, who’s 2 1/2, enjoys it. Her obsession with Elmo seems to be over.

Julia talks quite a bit and has a large fund of knowledge for someone who hasn’t mastered the potty. I started telling her Goldilocks and the Three Bears as part of a discussion on whether her ‘toni (rigatoni) was too hot. She began telling it to me. No cultural literacy problems here.

I am “Nana Joanne.”

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  1. tim-10-ber says:

    What great news!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!! I am so grateful for you and your blog!!!


    • Same from me. Your blog is one I learn a lot from. Thank you for all your work, and have a great holiday!

      • Stacy in NJ says:

        Yes, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Joanne. I’m so glad to hear the whole family is healthy.

  2. Ditto here. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. greeneyeshade says:

    Same from here. Wish we could have met. Good luck with the move to Milwaukee.