On the way home, I stopped at the county library. Thing One, my sweet little science geek (and I mean this as a compliment), requested that I get him some books about elements and the periodic table: what mother in her right mind could refuse that request?? It wasn't for a project, either--he's just interested, and all we have at home are old college-level Chemistry texts. (I emailed his teacher to pass along the compliment, since clearly she's doing a very good job of keeping him excited about science in class.) While there, I also stopped off to take pictures of some artwork of Petunia's that is currently hanging on a bulletin board in the children's section.
The even more amazing thing, however, is that a piece of Thing One's was also selected for this showcase, a beautiful rendering of a Day of the Dead skull. Only twenty-five works were chosen from our entire elementary school, and two of the artists are ours! (Unlikely odds.) This is the first time in six years that Thing One has had a piece chosen, and I'm hoping that it will serve as a boost to his creative ego, since until now he hasn't thought much of his own ability.
So, even though there is snow on the ground, the sun is shining, I am less growly, and there are still things to be happy about. Take that, universe.