This column begins my fourth year writing about the adventures, advice, and accomplishments of being a parent and human being. I have always found writing stories and anecdotes to be the best way for me to figure out (that’s Texas for understand, fathom, or decipher) why life has so many twists and turns. Being a parent keeps me grounded and gives me an insight into the many facets of cultural change a family goes through from birth to moving out of the house. When our first kids were little I started writing stories about them and then reading them aloud at supper. They loved it and encouraged me to keep on writing.
The column title comes from the fact that at one point in time I had Six in the Morning to get up, get dressed, fed, and off to school. After that they were on a rotating basis and now I am down to the last three. Hurrah! Don’t get me wrong. I love them. But I also know that there is joy at the end of this tunnel, provided I am still kicking when the last one finally leaves.
I am not the only one anticipating the departure of numbers six and seven. The youngest informed me last week that when the others leave he will be 16 years old and then he and I can both have a new Mercedes. I did the teen trick and rolled my eyes at him.
He shrugged and said, “Whaaaattt? Won’t we have more money once they leave?” I slit my eyes and informed him that he would get a Mercedes on the day he could sign the papers and pay for it himself.
At any rate, I write about my family, my concerns, and my opinions. I try to keep religious and political issues out as best as I can but I don’t mind bashing Common Core as much as possible. I would like to thank all of my readers who have taken the time to make comments either through my writing blog, my email, my Facebook, or even directly back to the offices at The Princeton Times. About two years ago, I received a small card from a reader who was so kind about all the words I push in front of people each week. She took the time to reach out to me and that made a huge impact on me.
Each week, I look at life flowing by and try to decide what kind of words will encourage others or if there is a particular viewpoint or absurdity that might make someone laugh. There are weeks that I am disappointed in my efforts only to get feedback from several telling me they loved the article. Then there are the times I work, work, work and think I have penned a masterpiece and get absolutely no feedback whatsoever. Either way, trying to create a small piece each week is both challenging and rewarding.
As I begin this next writing year I have some random thoughts that need to be said, but I don’t have a complete story to bring them out into the open.
There is a man in the 40 to 50 age range who smiles at me each me each morning when I open my computer. Poor thing has been on the “willing to date” list for at least three years. Someone put him out of his misery and ask him out!
All teenagers should be sent to San Diego/Parris Island for Marine boot camp. The two that I sent came back thinking that we weren’t so bad after all.
Kindness and Grace never go out of style.
We all know who is STILL in Control.
Many thanks for all of your comments over the past three years. May your holiday season be blessed with family, friends, and lots of fun.