Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I borrowed the above quote from www.thehungersite.com because the quote really appealed to me as a parent. It is the motto I try to live by while I am raising my kids. Okay I don't always succeed. My kids could possibly be more responsible. They could tidy up behind themselves and help out more at home. I could possibly give them a bit more independence but for goodness sake - I'm running out of kids now and I'm not having anymore! My youngest is already 13 and I try to hang on a bit. But I am striving to give my kids the Roots of Responsibility with the Wings of Independence and I already know that my kids are going to be great adults!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I had a thought just this morning while travelling along one of our neighbourhood roads that just this action brings some comfort to me and actually enables a bit of time travel in my memory back to the carefree days of childhood when I didn't have to worry about stretching my budget to the end of the month and handling the various problems of my kids. It reminds me that life moves on and that our individual problems which seem so large and insurmountable are unimportant in the passing of time and that there are several generations of children growing up behind me that will also have memories of walking our neighbourhood roads home after school.
Don't let small worries cloud your awareness of the timelessness of the universe.
There's nothing like an afternoon at the local dam to remind us of the timelessness of the earth
and the universe.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
On Saturday, Dael got to work at 6am, very irritated at having to work the weekend and tired before he started. I was at my mom's house visiting before I knew I would have to fetch him at about 2.30pm. Mom was busy making toasted sandwiches when I got a call from Dael at about 1.30pm. "Mom, make sure that you are here to fetch me by 2pm. The supervisor wants me to work until 6pm and I told him I had a doctor's appointment at 2pm". I was there before 2pm but he only came out at 2.10pm, marching past the supervisor with a face like thunder. He wasn't going to work 12 hours on a Saturday thank you. I support my son as I believe that artisans are given a raw deal. So if they know they can push you around they will. My kids have got big mouths (like their mother) but this is something I have encouraged so that they don't get taken advantage of. They will learn when to open their mouth and fight for their rights and when it is best to keep quiet. We went back to my mom and visited for another 2 hours (which is quite something for Dael). I got restless because I wanted to get back in the garden so we left. When we got home I carried on and my son joined me with a slasher and kept at it with me for quite some time. We accomplished a lot and he helped me clean up afterward.
Sunday we were just vegging and watching a dvd when my sister phoned and asked if we wanted to go with her to her friend's house for a meal. We jumped at the opportunity as we weren't doing anything special and we had a pleasant afternoon and a great meal. The friends live in an upmarket townhouse development where every garden is coiffured and nothing is out of place. Kind of like a Stepford Wives village setup. Bradley took his skateboard and the boys toured the village's roads and got rid of some energy. The weather was sunny, the company friendly and we didn't overstay our welcome. A pleasant end to the weekend.
Let me get out of here now and catch some sun before it sets for the day!
Cheers from Momcat.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
I phoned him while he was walking to my mom's house after detention finished yesterday. He wanted to impress me with how much the two little Jack Russell puppies like him in the one yard he passes. He approached the gate of the Jack Russell's house and all I could hear was frenzied dogs going crazy. They didn't sound friendly! "Oh okay, I don't think they like me anymore! I'll try the sausage dogs." They live in a house further down. When I got to my mom's to collect him in the afternoon, Bradley was playing a game of basketball with my brother. They were thoroughly enjoying it. My mom's dog was helping my brother to get the ball by tackling Bradley and holding him while he was trying to play. Unfair advantage! Duke is a medium-size but robust "pavement special" He has rottweiler, German shepherd and staffie in him and he plays rough. His sister Tessie is not so vigorous but just runs around growling with her ball in her mouth.
Bradley chooses where he wants to go in the afternoon and as long as I know where he must be picked up I don't have a problem with that. On Wednesday, my sister's maid is at her house so if he rushes he can still get in to her house before the maid locks up and leaves. He sometimes walks home or to granny.
My dad (who is 73) has been battling with a mysterious foot injury. My mom suspected a broken bone but the doc said because it wasn't a sudden onset pain it was probably not broken. Anyway he has been taking various medication but the pain isn't getting better probably because he won't (and can't really afford to) stay off his feet. He has been a self-employed landscaper his whole working career and he simply loves his job! He has his own little nursery at home where he grows plants to use on his landscaping jobs and also sells to the public on weekends. I am very proud of my dad and definitely want to be as active as him when I am his age. I think this foot thing is worrying me because he has always been an active person and very rarely ill. He even brushes off gashes and injuries as if they are nothing. My parents are the reason I have never moved far from home, partly because I haven't wanted to be so far away from my family and partly because I wanted to bring my kids up close to their grandparents. I am glad now that I am only a short drive away from the folks and definitely don't think I would ever plan to move away at this stage. Unless they move away!...