With the end of another year quickly approaching, I must acknowledge I’m never good for predictions, resolutions, or year-end wrap-ups. In part because I am myopic, lazy, and disorganized, but also because that’s really not what this blog is about. The bava is about unadulterated longing. Today my youngest, Tommaso, turned four years old. In my mind I mark his birth (which was an unplanned home birth that played out dramatically in our bathroom) with a couple of other major personal and professional events, namely buying our first home and planning the first iteration of what would be ds106 (my other, Frankenstein baby 🙂 ). Hard to believe all these events happened four years ago. And, as I already noted here, bavatuesdays turned eight this past week and I’ve been working at UMW for more than eight years. My life is starting to accumulate in ways it never has before. I’m a decade into my career as an educational technologist, a field I still truly enjoy, and probably the most troubling development is that my oldest son can now regularly school me at Madden 25.
This weekend Tess and I started packing up for our family’s tri-annual trip to Italy to spend time with family. It’ll be a bit quiet on this bog for a while. There may (or may not) be a flurry of posts over the next few days about some things I need to wrap-up, but after that things should go quiet on the bava for a few weeks. I want to enjoy some time away with those crazy kids I helped cheerlead into the world. It’s starting to dawn on me they won’t be young forever, and I should probably take advantage of the time they actually want to spend with me. I’ll be nostalgic for this moment, I always am—it’s in my nature, but I also want to know I lived it. So far I’ve done pretty well in that regard, and while sometimes I live it all a bit too hard, I’m thankful we’re all still together and we’re still having fun. It’s all meaningless for me without la famiglia. Bring on 2014, I’m not afriad of whatever may come as long as I still have all my maniacs beside me.