[around 6:45 a.m., over the monitor]
Maddie: Riley, a is a vowel and a consonant!
Riley: No, Maddie, no. A is vowel. Q is a consonant.
Maddie: Yes, yes, q is a consonant. O is a vowel.
Riley: Q is a consonant but u is a vowel. They are a team.
Maddie: But a, a is a vowel and a consonant, Riley. It is both. THAT IS CRAZY.
Riley: I'm not sure, Maddie. I'm not sure.
Maddie: P says /p/. Say it Riley, /p/. And o says /o/. /p/, /o/. They rhyme! They have the same sound at the beginning, but not at the end.
Riley [losing interest in this thread]: Maddie, it is spring break. Spring is gone right now, but it will be back.
I am having a monumentally sucky day on both a work and personal level. Neither situation is really bloggable. I'm drinking a lot of coffee as a coping mechanism. It's not helping.
It seems to me that life can take two paths. It can either be pretty much flat—stable, safe, maybe even a little boring. Or it can have higher highs that, with them, bring lower lows. I think the highs and lows, and the attendant risks, make for a more rewarding path than plodding along in the safety zone. But getting through the lows is no fun, no fun at all.
Wish I could be less vague. Wish this day were over.