Now.... the friend is over. Like right now. And I am listening more contently to the same three boys play in the basement. There is screaming. I can hear the male aggression in their play. I can't say it's like soaking up rays on the beach, but I am more relaxed and remind myself that kids play loudly and that that is okay.
So compared to last year, I feel great. I feel great. Period.
Last year: :( booohooooooooooo