So One Way Or The Other, I’ll Talk To You Tomorrow

October 14, 2019

My mood today is . . . pensive, and after writing out the reasons why I’m feeling pensive today, I think it would be best if I let those words rest overnight and see if I still want to say them tomorrow.

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And Today Is One Of Those Days

October 11, 2019

I don’t care if it is an overused phrase, some days the rain drops on the window really do look like tears!

“Wait, What? Oh!”

October 10, 2019

“I want to spend more time with you,” L’s Mother told me this morning, “but between L. staying up later and me having to go to bed earlier there just isn’t enough time right now, and I am really tired of being clock blocked!”

Even A Moment’s Reflection Would Have Made Me Realize This Was NOT The Way To Make Myself Feel Better

October 9, 2019

I’m feeling a little depressed today, and that’s making it hard to focus.  Maybe if I browse the headlines a bit I’ll . . . 

. . . wonder what in God’s name I was thinking?!

The Latest Window Into My Dreams

October 8, 2019

My Dream Guide:  And this is the end of your dream vision.  I hope you found it enlightening.

Me:  A little, I suppose.  That wasn’t much of a dream vision.

My Dream Guide:  (shrugging)  What do you want for a dollar?

Me:  I didn’t give you a dollar.  I don’t even have a dollar on me.

My Dream Guide:  Of course you don’t, you gave it to me.

Me:  No I didn’t!  Show me this dollar!

My Dream Guide:  Hey, I’m the dream guide here; I don’t have to show you anything!

Today’s Advice For My Son

October 7, 2019

Any way you slice it, kiddo, by the time someone tells you that they’re feeling a certain way (be it frustrated, angry, sad, afraid, or what have you), they’ve been feeling that way for some time before that.  Learning to recognize the signs of those feelings before someone feels the need to say something about them will save you a lot of time and hassle.

In Hindsight, It’s A Good Thing She Liked People

October 4, 2019

It’s been an odd week, so it seems appropriate that I round it out with an odd memory.  I’ve mentioned before that my grandmother had many fears, storms being the biggest one I knew of, but she was none too fond of snakes either.  In practical terms this meant three things:

#1.  Living in rural Arkansas as she did, she was living in the wrong place.

#2.  Going anywhere except from the house to the car guaranteed that she would yell at you at least once to ensure that you were wearing boots.  (And that they had been sprayed down with “chigger spray,” but that was just sensible if you wanted to be able to sleep relatively itch free that night.)

#3.  She was in many, many ways a timid woman, but if she saw a snake in the garden, she would display her latent ninja skills and dispatch it with a hoe faster than lightning.  Unlike lightning though, the only sound she would make would be if, and only if, it was necessary to tell you to stand still for a moment.

Signs You May Not Be As Awake As You Thought (Tested)

October 3, 2019

When the light doesn’t turn off no matter how many times you press the on button.

But That Might Be Bit Of An Advanced Concept For Third Grade

October 2, 2019

One of the third grade goals for my son this year is to get him more comfortable with timed tests.  Naturally, he wanted to know why this was a goal.

“Lots of things in life are like timed tests, so it’s important to be able to work with time limits,” I told him, then I paused before adding, “In fact, some people would argue that life itself is a timed test.”

I Hope This Helps

October 1, 2019

Apparently there was some confusion out there over yesterday’s entry, which confused me for a moment before I realized that not everyone is proficient in L’s particular dialect of the language common to 8-going-on-9-year-olds.  To translate:

After a child makes a quick succession of requests/demands and an adult calls them out on it, any response other than fuss translates to “I see your point, and I’m just going to be quiet and get out of your way now.”