Hello all! You know what just irks me? Feeling the need and desire to write, but not knowing what to say. That happens to me very frequently. I’ll be just… in that mood. If you consider yourself a writer at all, even an amateur, you know the one. For me it’s that I just feel like writing, like I just need to write, RIGHT NOW. Forget the fact that I may or may not have anything particularly significant to talk about, as long as I’m getting the chatter that’s in my head relocated to the paper or the screen. It probably doesn’t help that I don’t craft posts ahead of time and save them in organized draft folders for posting at a later, more appropriate time, as some of the bloggers I’ve read apparently do. I post when I have something on my mind AND I have time to devote to it. This is probably the reason I often have ideas for posts that never get written. Things pop into my head, and I’ll think, “Man, that would be a good thing to blog about. I should write that down.” But then I don’t, and by the time I have a good stretch of time to sit down and write, I’m all “What was that I wanted to write about, again?” I should definitely work on that.
Right now I’m all hyped up because after weeks of indecision and dithering, I am tickled to announce that I have booked my flights for my trip to Charleston! Yay, me! I am so excited about this. I know I have gone back and forth, worried incessantly, and probably driven everyone I know stark raving mad, but now that it’s a done deal, I am so happy. Part of me is still a little concerned about the whole ‘fitting in’ thing. I feel like I’m older and at a different stage of life than a lot of these amazing bloggers I will be meeting. Many of them are writing about their babies and nap schedules and nursing problems and sleeping through the night, and terrible twos and kindergarten schedules, and I’m thinking, ‘Boy, could I have been the queen of this world if they’d had this stuff when the girls were little!’ But alas, they didn’t. So now I have twin girls who are almost 20 years old, and a boy who will be 12 on Monday, and sometimes I’m wondering what I have to offer. I don’t really have too many Raising Twins cautionary tales or horror stories, unless it’s about what to do when one of your twins literally hates the other one, or when your son is almost universally looked upon as being either the next Jim Carrey/Robin Williams or a future school shooter, and which one he becomes is entirely dependent upon you and your parenting. That’s a scary-as-heck place to be, I can promise you.
Anyway, I do realize that there are bloggers of all ages, in all life stages, with all kinds of stories, who will be at this event, and I am so very much looking forward to the adventure and the journey of being a part of it. I am a little torn between tempering my expectations so that if I don’t find at least one or two people who become fairly good friends I will not be terribly disappointed, and having faith that this is going to be the best, most amazing thing I have done thus far in life and it will result in some wonderful friendships. I think I’m going to do with the latter, as that seems to have been the experience of many of those who have attended in previous years. If nothing else, I am excited that it will be the first time I have just branched out on my own and done something for myself, by myself. (Except for having someone drive me to and from the airport, which my mom has always been willing to do for me, thank goodness.)
So, more about my son. He started out in public school in our local district, but he has never really done well. He has struggled both academically and socially. We’ve had him tested at every turn, and he has some non-specified processing difficulties, as well as a diagnosis of ADHD. He also seems to have some Asperger-y traits, but has never been diagnosed with that. He was in 4th grade last year in public school, and we have been “homeschooling” this year. I put that in quotes because while we started out with a very structured, organized system at the beginning of the school year through online public school, we pulled out of that after about six weeks, and have been taking a different approach since then. We have just explored different things that he really loves, and I have tried to teach him some real-world skills that he will need in the future, but there has been very little structure or consistency. I have really beaten myself up about this. But he has grown so much, matured in a lot of ways, and I think more than anything, he has really benefitted from just being out from under pressure. He has spent a lot of time with me, coming to work with me most days since I am blessed with a flexible job as a church secretary, and I think it has been what he needed. Our lives for the several years leading up to this year have been marked by change, tragedy, and chaos, and I don’t think he handled it very well.
Thankfully, I think that is largely behind us! This week, I found an educational option that I think offers the best of both worlds- the self-pace and lower pressure of homeschooling with a little more of the structure and consistency found in the public school environment than I have been able to offer him while trying to work full time simultaneously. It’s a small private Christian school here that is basically a group homeschool, but the beauty is that it’s NOT I who is responsible for the teaching and structure. It’s a little pricey for what it is- they want $230 per month, and if I didn’t think it would be incredibly presumptuous, I’d ask friends and family for “sponsors.” But I think it is do-able for me, whether I get help or not, so I am very happy and excited for both of us. Honestly I will miss him coming to work with me, but this will be so much better for him- he will get the education he needs in an environment that fits him.
I could go on and on about this, but this post is already longer than usual. I’ll just say that for now- I am happy, the stars are aligned, and everything’s coming up roses, and I won’t even make a remark about ducking under my desk to avoid the Other Shoe Dropping. Oops. Scratch that.
Until next time,
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