And personal milestones continue to take place. This week the kids spent a day at a Family Fun Center playing mini golf, arcade games, and laser tag, and driving go-karts, to celebrate Yahor's 12th birthday. We just celebrated Anthony's 14th and Sophia's 16th, and we're about to enter the round of spring birthdays. The children continue to be a tight family unit, with their sibling-esque squabbles, and their intense loyalty to one another. Baz got glasses this past week. When I told the other kids he was having a hard time with it, they rallied around him, telling him how great he looked. Before the end of the day, he had relaxed about wearing them.
Every once in a while I realize how much we are all prepared to support one another. Greg borrows a suit from Eric. I scoop up Alya's daughter for the day when Alya is at home sick. Sophia brings the kids home from school when I'm running late. Francis, Jeff and I swap business and marketing stories. The technicians help Greg build stuff in their shop. Anouk teaches a free Pilates class on the beach. Nick tightens up a trapeze for me. I read English books to the little Russian girls. And on and on and on. The ways in which we contribute to each other's lives are too numerous to count.