I thought this was really cute. It starts out so deep – “a year of war, and possibly a year of peace”. Made me think of “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” We may have a young Dickens on our hands.
Also, she is confused by “times tables” (x’s).
Regarding surgery, she and Dahlia both had an adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy. They can breathe and sleep much better now. Also I love that she is worried about Uncle Steve.