Counting Down to Summer!

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There are only a few days left of school before summer is thrust upon us. I am looking forward to the break from an institution that I find frustrating, and at times overwhelming. I was so relieved when Tessa first began high school and it looked as though we had found a school that was creative, academic, and nurturing. Three years in and there has been a lot of upheaval in the administration. Tessa only has one more year, but I am stressing over Tori and the next three years. I’m not sure if my standards are simply impossibly high, or if once again we need to look for another school. It is certainly a process I dread.

First and foremost I think we all need to take a step back and breathe before any decision is even considered. I think we need to put a little distance between recent events, and then reevaluate what will ultimately be best for everyone. Summer should be a time of relaxation and revitalization. I am hopeful that we can put things into perspective and move forward in a positive and rewarding way.

How about you? Do you have big summer plans?

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It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here!

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It is only May and yet we are in the midst of a heat wave. Now granted, it’s not unheard of. This is California and we do this. Generally just the southern part of the state, and later in the year, but right now it’s everywhere and frankly, it is miserable. However, when handed lemons, why not make lemonade? So here are some pictures for you.

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Balancing Emotions

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It all started last week, when I showed my daughter a house I discovered on one of my walks. To be honest, I expected her to hate it. As you can see, it’s old, run down, and needs work. It also just happens to be for sale. She wants it!

I do, too, and although the $710,000 asking price might sound like a lot in some parts of the country, for Los Angeles and this neighborhood in particular, it’s dirt cheap. Not that I have that kind of money, but I choose to believe I will, and this makes my daughter crazy. She is disappointed that I can’t get this for her, but it makes her even more upset that I say one day I will have a house like this.

She says it is better not to get your hopes up because then you won’t be so disappointed in life. I say I would rather be optimistic and occasionally disappointed, then to walk around like Eeyore, expecting the worst. Round and round we have gone all weekend, with her alternating between moaning that she wants the house, and groaning that I never should have shown it to her because we are never going to have anything close to it. Then she gives me this for Mother’s day.

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I love it. Especially what she has written at the top.

Yesterday, she decided she wanted to go see if they were having an open house, so we drove up to the house to look at it in person. “I want it!” she continued to say, but once back home she became frustrated again. I finally told her we have to agree to disagree because while I am hopeful things will get better, she is not. All I can do is live by example and she will have to take from it what she will, but as I told her, I can’t argue with her over this. It’s too depressing to have her constantly telling me, in essence anyway, that I am a fool. I can’t wait for the day when I can say I told you so, but in the meantime, we have to co-exist in an admittedly small apartment, and I will choose happy over her teenaged angst every time.

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Mother Love

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Mother’s Day has a little more significance this year. Not only have we been blessed with new babies within our extended family, but my oldest daughter is looking at colleges. It makes the passage of time abundantly clear, as well as the knowledge that I won’t always have my kids home with me for this holiday.

Because my son is eleven and a half years older than my daughters, it makes it even more profound. I’ve been at this job for twenty-eight years, for crying out loud. I can’t imagine what it will be like to have no more kids on a daily basis. Sure, there are some things I look forward to, but overall they will be missed. They have been the best thing I ever did! I love them more than anything and am so proud of the kind, creative, funny and compassionate people they are. They make the toughest times bearable and the good times that much more joyous. They are my first and last thought of the day, every day, and I am eternally grateful that they came into my life.Scan0009

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Take a Moment

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Things have gotten a little too serious around here lately, don’t you think? Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and exhale.

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That is what I am doing today. Today I choose to celebrate what is beautiful and right in the world, instead of all the rest. Let this be a reflection of great things coming our way.

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No Time for the Middle Man

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My back is to the wall, and yet little promises of hope keep rearing their heads when things look as bleak as possible. Tiny beacons of light that say you would be crazy to give up now, but which are hard to offer up to a landlord or a bill collector. Landlords and bill collectors aren’t big on following dreams. They want their money and they want it now. Perfectly understandable. I want their money, too, and like them, I want it now.

I have run out of patience for the “slow and steady wins the race” mode. I need to shake things up, cut in line, and jump ahead a few spaces. As I posted on Facebook earlier, I need a real estate company to adopt my musical Room To Grow. I need them to sponsor a big production of it to get the ball rolling. It would be beneficial, because it centers around a family moving into a new neighborhood. It’s about family and bringing people together. They could even use the opening song in their advertisements. This could be a big win/win for all of us, but I need it to happen now!

I need anyone in advertisement and/or real estate to brainstorm with me to figure out how I can make this happen. I’m telling you, this could be a marriage made in heaven! It is a feel good musical for the whole family that will have you leaving the theatre singing, “I Want to Go To Rio”, the catchy reprise at the end of the second act. Come to think of it, a travel agency could get in on this action, too! Let’s do this thing!

To learn more about ROOM TO GROW

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Choking Back Anger Again!

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I send my kids to school, and in doing so, trust that the school I have chosen has their best interests at heart. At least that is what I would hope, but in light of recent events, it would appear that is not the case. My 16 year old went on a field trip yesterday. A trip that required the usual registration before being allowed to go. In other words, they should have known well in advance how many kids would be going, and therefore, it only stands to reason that each child would have a seat on the buses they hired to transport them. This was not the case. Not even close, according to the report I received.

I have written before about my belief that every child should have their own seat and seatbelt. To me, it is common sense. Yes, many of us survived our parents tossing us in the back of a station wagon, but many didn’t. Thus the need for seatbelt laws. Regardless of whether or not you agree with this law, it is the law nonetheless. For faculty to tell upwards of twenty kids to just “squeeze in” is negligent and apprehensible. I find it particularly appalling and hypocritical to tell kids just getting their licenses to drive that this behavior is acceptable.

This is a battle I have fought since my son was very small, and frankly, it astounds me that it is still an issue. We should be smarter than this by now.

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