Today was Brooks’s first official day of leave. I can’t say his schedule has been crazy or hectic in any way. But either way, I think, for all of us, vacation mode set in and all everyone wanted to do today was take it easy: lots of leftover food, games, and catching up on a favorite TV show. We also got the tree ready for trimming. It’s normal days like today I am most grateful for. It’s looking over and seeing Brooks with one of the dogs in his lap. It’s Little B laughing like a mad man during card games. It’s leftovers and long conversations.

It’s nice is what it is.