This week, we took Abe to the vet for some long-overdue dental work. We had planned to take him in the fall, but a blood test had shown that he was having kidney issues, so we started him on a special diet. The blood test this week showed his kidneys were doing better. They could safely anesthetize him.

Parenting insights

The past few months have given me two big insights as a parent. First, no matter how well I think I know my kids, they are capable of surprising me. Sounds obvious, right? After eight years with Eleanor, though, I had reached the point that I could predict her every reaction, her every like and dislike.