Tuesday, February 5, 2013
I'm back! Sorry for the long absence. I seem to have been dragged, kicking and screaming, into the ranks of the crazy-busy parents whose kids are involved in too many things - while trying (with dubious success) to carve out a space for myself in my own life.
How did this happen? I'm torn between scaling back dramatically on the things we are all involved in and allowing my kids space to explore different things now, while they can. After all, it's a lot hard to say Hey, I'd like to try out jazz dance! when you're in your thirties. For some of these things, it's probably now or never. What's really sent us over the edge is as they become accomplished at what they do, suddenly they have obligations at the district level (with band) or requests for more performances and invitations to competitions, etc. So how do you say no to that, just as their practice and hard work are paying off?
So I had to take a break for a few weeks to regroup and refocus. This blog is one of my escapes - or at least it's meant to be - and when it turns into a chore on a to-do list, that's when I need to back off. I don't want to add self-created stress to all the outside stress!
Now (of course) I have an enormous backlog of reviews, so here's my plan: The five-sentence book review. Can she do it? Should be difficult, the way I love to ramble, but I am going to challenge myself to write one five-sentence review as close to every day as I can make it, until I'm caught up. We'll see how it goes...