Mateo’s notes and a visit to the science museum


Two weekends ago, Tim attended a meeting in the Napa Valley, and because the location was an hour’s drive from our home, I decided to join him. When we returned, Mateo greeted me with the note posted above. I admire the brevity: “Love. Care. Mist.” With three words, Mateo told a whole story. How I wish I could do that. (Although, yes, at the risk of stifling his creativity, I may point him in the direction of a dictionary.)

An unexpected Monday off from the kids’ schools allowed us to tour the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The exciting day included Mateo and Olivia running from fish tanks and animal skeletons to a ”birds of prey” talk and the planetarium, so energized by their discoveries, they made me promise a return visit. I have no excuse: we’re members! Like many things in life, it’s all about making the effort. Maybe if I declare my intention out loud, it will actually happen. In the photo below, Mateo and Olivia are sitting in front of one of the fish tanks, with Olivia holding her latest hand-made stuffed animal—a mama mouse with a long tail and pink nose, wearing a jaunty cap.

Last night, driving home from a pizza dinner with friends, Mateo lost his first tooth. We’ve been wondering if this event would ever occur, and now, indeed, it has. Next thing I know, he’ll be asking to borrow my car keys.  (Of course, my love. As long as you never stop writing me notes.)


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4 Responses to “Mateo’s notes and a visit to the science museum”

  1. Deanna says:

    You ARE a nice Miss you all!


  2. Jessica says:

    We miss you, too, De! xo

  3. Lisa says:

    I love this article Jessica. I too have had my daughter jump into my arms or shed tears in reaction to something that relates to her being adopted. It brings tears to my eyes as well.

    Lisa S (Adoption Under One Roof)

  4. Jessica says:

    Thank you, Lisa. So nice when other adoptive families can relate to our experiences. Take care~

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