Mouse’s braces came off today. One of my favorite things about that was that Lemon was so excited for her.
At dinner, we were talking about Mouse’s arrival at the high school in the fall. In the context of the girls’ similar appearances, I laughed and said, “Mouse, you should go into the high school as [Mouse] [Suz's last name], and Lemon, you should stay [Lemon] [Ex's last name].” They got a kick of out that. ”Dude! You look like Lemon!” ”Oh, yeah, we’re good friends, and she even slept over my house FOR THE PAST 15 YEARS!!” HA HA HA!! Say the girls.
But then Lemon said, “you know, now that your braces are off, you kinda do look more like me.” Mouse agreed.
Other funny braces conversations:
Lemon: ”Was it wrong of me to think I looked WORSE when my braces came off?”
Mouse: ”I know! I thought that, too!”
Me: ”Why? Like you’re missing jewelry or something?”
[not saying "you know, you do look weird." because she does.]
Lemon: ”No, it was like my teeth were too big.”
Mouse: ”YES!!! And [a boy] told me to ‘take off those creepy fake teeth’ – and I told him, ‘I got my braces off!’”
Then they were a bit wild, and during the wildness, decided it was the perfect night for a HOMEWORK PARTY!!!! WOO HOO!!!
These things. They melt my heart. I want these girls to be friends. And here we are. It was not always the case. The middle grade years were hard. Hatred may not have been an exaggerated term.
But now? Lemon is having friends over this weekend. They’re having a Lord of the Rings Marathon. Lemon and her friends thought, “Hey! It would be fun if Mouse watches with us!” And they invited her. And she said yes. And they are all excited.
So — Work.
I’ve already made clear that this move from BigFirm to New Firm, which is a “Medium Sized Firm,” has been a great one. But I just want to talk about it for a minute. Another minute. Because I have already talked about it.
In the Big Firms, filing deadlines are stressful events. You have a senior associate, and a mid level associate, and maybe 3 junior associates. They are working off a rough outline provided by a partner, or a Partner. They got maybe 10 minutes of said partner’s time, and hoped against hope they were going in the right direction. If not — they wouldn’t know until the eve of filing. Deadlines loom, and still no feedback – but then 12 hours before— feedback! Rewrite! Not good enough!! Revise!!
My friends and I would say, over and over “It doesn’t have to be this way . . . ” we know about deadlines 20-30 days in advance. Why does all the stress happen in the 12-24 hours before said deadline?
But now! I am at a medium sized firm. And I have better partner access. I have more control.
Tomorrow is my second filing. Last time and this time, I’m home by 6:30 the night before. The brief is DONE. For real. I will do a final proof in the morning, before a post-lunch filing goal.
We are golden. It is remarkably stress-free.