Lilah has never had the opportunity to be an "only" child. Grace has never left, and while I try to catch some alone time with the girls when I can, the truth is, we are together a lot. A lot. Lately it has become an issue and arguing and general irritation has been on the rise, which is understandable with two teens having polar opposite personalities and little living space. This is one reason why we joined the educational coop, to give them room to breathe, away from one another, to break up our week and expand our living/learning space.
During this time is has become so evident to me why we have been having so many conflicts lately. Grace is ready to venture off and Lilah is not. Grace loves being outdoors and Lilah does not. Grace prefers busy and Lilah prefers slow. Grace is get up and go and Lilah is get up and read. Grace is a signer-upper and Lilah prefers to stay home. Unlike Grace who gets bored easily when faced with a no-plans kind of day, Lilah relishes it.
This week has given her some down time before the hectic pace of fall begins in two weeks. She has read until the wee hours of the morning (she's currently reading Cinder) and shockingly has shown her face to me before the 8:00 hour! She has crafted, slime created, birthday planned, painted, shopped, and had her most beloved kind of day, a pajama day. While Grace was away from home filling her spirit and soul with adventure and adrenaline and conversation and friendship and Jesus, Lilah was filling hers with words and documentaries and art and experimentation. They both will be ready to kick off the fall term, each in her own way.