Archives for November 2007
It’s been an interesting week. What else do I expect after 5 days off from work? Little YaYa has been learning about deadlines this week. Although his book report’s due date did not change, his work load was bogged down with unfinished class work. It caught him off guard and sent him into a seemingly unending tailspin. But he persisted.
For two nights in a row, the poor lad worked well into the late of night to complete his regular homework in addition to chipping away at the report. On Wednesday, when Support Group eats up a bit of the evening, his brain was too tired to finish his math. He went to bed with unfinished work waiting for him to rise in the morning and resume the efforts. And this morning was more of the same, only it was the final steps of the book report.
While I drove BoBo to school, YaYa resumed his work. I returned home with hot chocolate and a bagel with cream cheese. It set me back 20 minutes, but seeing YaYa’s satisfaction at being able to turn in a quality assignment and meeting the deadline, was priceless.
The traffic was light, so I arrived at nearly the usual time. TGIF!
Well the suitcases have been in constant use these days. It seems like the Family F has been constantly on the go.
My trip to Virginia followed our trip to Chicago by such a close margin that I barely had time to clean my suitcase out between the two trips. Because the kids had to be shipped off to Lil’ Sis’ home for part of my absence, BoBo and YaYa’s suitcases were in use as well.
I am now realizing that the suitcases are in demand once again, and none of them have been unpacked from Thanksgiving.
Oh bother. We’d better get packing.
Thoughts on the holiday card
I struggled with whether or not to send out Christmas cards this year. I don’t want to spread doom and gloom, but a card saying “Let’s be jolly” would just be a lie. Jolly, we are NOT. If I am going to send a message this holiday season, it needs to be honest yet encouraging.
So…after a lot of thought,
I finally ordered personalized photo cards with the following message:
“May you cherish the gift of family this holiday season and in the coming year.”
It’s nothing profound, and I have just ruined it for those of you who read this and who are also on my Christmas list. At least, if I never get around to actually mailing them, you will know what I meant to send. My intent is for my message to be in the spirit of giving rather than a simply yearly “hello”.
For me there is no more appropriate gift to send this year, except a reminder everyone about how important it is to cherish your family and friends.
Christmas should not be about the material gifts that we spend our money on; it should be about the time that we spend together, the joy we take in watching the people we care for most open up a card or gift and smile. In giving, we get so much more in return.
Life is precious and just because someone young, or relatively young, doesn’t mean that they will be here tomorrow. So cherish those moments and be sure that you give your presence to those who you care about.
Tired and cranky
I am looking forward to this day being over and done with. Perhaps tomorrow will be better.