Somewhere amidst all this working, I spaced the 2nd grade program that Portia had been talking about for weeks. In fact, she had a speaking part she'd memorized. We didn't get a reminder or email and remembered about an hour after the whole thing was over. Portia was so upset and she cried for a good half hour.
I asked her to do her memorized part so that I could record it. When she recited her part, I nearly cried.
I'm not sure how long I'll be working full-time, but it's a good thing Portia has memorized these great ways to deal with her feelings of sadness. She'll probably need it in the future.
Although a couple weeks later when I received a phone call from Portia's teacher about the award she was about to receive, I made sure I was there. Here she is getting her award: