A one-way ticket to the grave. That's what we all have. I wrote about it at one of my unschooling lists and then the thought really settled in. Parents of younger children often worry about college, worry about what their children are learning, worry, worry. I understand those heartstrings being pulled so tight you want everything to be perfect for your child. I do.
I am from 70's sitcoms, from Popsicles and swingsets.
I am from the cheery pink bedroom with daisy wallpaper, infused with Tinkerbell perfume.
I am from the lilac bushes with their heart shaped leaves and the weeping willow tree that
I am from Sunday pasta and perfectionism, from Judy and Florence and Irma.
I am from the cleaners and the gardeners.
From "You're so lucky," and "Eat something. You'll feel better."
I'm from Portland, Maine and the hardy New Englanders and the Polish Pennsylvanians, pressure-cooked vegetable and peirogis. From the grandmother who walked miles to work in the shoe factory, the mother who walked as far to bring her an umbrella on rainy days, and the grandmother who worked at Grant's and played Yahtzee until the wee hours of the morning with her mother.
I am from the black and white photos and tintypes in my grandmother's attic. I am from the scrapbooks and photos waiting in my bedroom. I am from the boxes of momentos and cards tucked in my closets. I am from the poems and journals from my youth that are hidden safely away.
2. Yahoo was the last website I was at before visiting here.
3. Why don't you just let it go?
4. Acceptance helps me relax.
5. Thanks for the advice. I'll keep that in mind.
6. Insincerity is very off-putting.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to grilled scallops. Tomorrow my plans include possibly going to "It's All About Dolphins," and on Sunday I want to make pasta sauce.
1. Home sweet, happy, wonderful, loving home. (from the art in our bathroom ;) )
2. My favorite thing for dinner lately is Anna's Pizza.
3. Jimmy Neutron's robot dog, Goddard, says "bark! bark! bark!"
4. A nice long walk along the beach is revitalizing.
5. We could all use a daily dose of some good news. The Good News Network has it. Check it out!
6. When all is said and done it won't really matter at what age you first learned to read or write, or do long division, or any of the millions of things that schools lead you to believe must be accomplished by a certain time lest you be labelled deficient in some way.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to seeing my youngest son take his first belt test in TaeKwanDo. Tomorrow my plans include going to the Home Depot Kids Workshop with my son, and packing for Orlando, and Sunday I want to visit with family in Orlando.
Life is the province of learning, and the wisdom we acquire throughout our lives is the reward of existence. As we traverse the winding roads that lead from birth to death, experience is our patient teacher. We exist, bound to human bodies as we are, to evolve, enrolled by the universe in earth school, an informal and individualized academy of living, being, and changing. Life’s lessons can take many forms and present us with many challenges. There are scores of mundane lessons that help us learn to navigate with grace, poise, and tolerance in this world. And there are those once-in-a-lifetime lessons that touch us so deeply that they change the course of our lives. The latter can be heartrending, and we may wander through life as unwilling students for a time. But the quality of our lives is based almost entirely on what we derive from our experiences.
We visited Grandpop in NY.
We celebrated Uncle Joe's birthday with him in CT.
We hung out with some of our unschooling friends at the park and Jump-N-Slide.
We enjoyed seeing our son's band, Horizons, perform at Hot Topic. Too bad the police came and said that they could only play without amps. They only got to play 3 songs.
We sent our son Tom, his girlfriend and their friends to their prom in a limo!
My kids had fun at the Coraline movie website exploring, replacing eyes with buttons, and creating flowers, but the button eyes just creep me out! There are also really interesting behind the scenes videos and pictures on the website (which is really quite impressive and worth checking out). I learned what a cool and creative job it is being a "rigger", and how "thinking outside of the box" is such a necessary skill in that line of work.
The movie itself was also quite amazing, especially for stop-action fans like we are. The 3-D effects have become so much more advanced. Now I want to see all movies in 3-D! I don't want to say much about the movie, for those who plan to see it, except that it is not for the faint of heart. It is pretty intense and scary in parts, and it effectively draws you into forgetting it's all pretend. It left a lasting impression that will definitely be on my mind for a while!
2. It is so gratifying to be with my kids everyday, seeing all the changes, big and little.
3. During the funeral, I wasn't the only one laughing when my nephew started asking, "Is Pa being quiet? Is Aunt Fran being quiet? Is Uncle Joe being quiet? Is Daddy being quiet?" and on and on..
4. Drive in this ice and snow and traffic everyday; are you kidding me???
5. Right now I'd like to be sitting at the kitchen table having coffee with Mom.
6. My laptop is(was) my favorite gadget.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to being done with laundry and unpacking. Tomorrow my plans include possibly attending the Port Salerno Annual Seafood Festival and Sunday I want to enjoy the warmer weather!
Last Wednesday, we got the devastating news that Chuck's mother, our Mom, had passed away. She had battled lung and brain cancer for over two years. I was so blessed to have her in my life these past years. I learned so much from her, in so many ways, and will forever be better for having known her. I want to write more, but the tears keep coming. When I can, I will.
THE DAILY GROOVE ~ by Scott Noelle
:: Is Joy Knocking On Your Door? ::
She knocked on the huge palace door. The peepholecover slid open, revealing the grim face of thepalace guard. "Who goes there?"
"I am Joy," she answered with a smile, "I'm here tovisit the Queen."
The guard shut the peephole abruptly. A few minuteslater, it slid open again and the guard said, "TheQueen is upset because her children are misbehaving.You may not enter until conditions improve."
"But I bring good tidings, and if she would let mein, the children would surely abandon their mischief."
"Sorry," the guard grumbled, "I must do HerMajesty's bidding." Then he locked the door and left.
But Joy did not leave . . . She just kept knocking.
Today, if you feel upset for any reason, askyourself this: "Am I using these conditions as anexcuse to disallow my natural state of well-being?"
Decide that when JOY knocks on *your* door,you'll let it in... no matter what the conditions!
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