Wednesday, November 26, 2008


So what are you thankful for this November 26?

I am thankful for so many things:

Spending time with family. How lucky I am that my children and their friends LIKE my husband and I. We don't always get along, but it's wonderful that we all work together for the greater good of family.

The opportunity to be able to make gifts for those I love. OK, everyone knows I love to craft. It's a good excuse to try something new. What am I making now? It's a secret until AFTER the holidays. I would love to make some of those Noro Silk Garden scarves, though. Have you seen the ones the Harlot made? Beautiful.

A job that I like. I don't always like who I am working with, but I do love what I do. I get to touch the future and the past at once. How cool is that!

The ability to learn. I love learning new stuff! And my 'big' research paper is on knitting as relaxation therapy. What a great way to end the semester. Even if I don't get an A, I will be happy because I get to read all kinds of really cool books.

Have a wonderful holiday. Try not to eat too much. Enjoy your time with family. Go shopping on Friday and really freak out people by being HAPPY!!!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Is parent a verb?

Apparently in our home it is. I am glad that teens find our home so welcome.

Ethan has a friend that stays at our house often. His parents are both EMT's and often are gone in the evening. Brandon will stay at our house and help out.

Now, Kelly has a friend who was homeless. Since it was 30 degrees last week, we took him in. I don't know what's going on with his family life, but here he is. He goes to an alternative school and then works in the evenings.

So what's the deal? Is parent a verb? How would you handle it if your child had a friend with no where to go? Would you help them out?

This teen is 18 and an adult by all standards, except that he doesn't have a high school education yet. How can anyone in the US or any first world country, consider it acceptable that young people are not getting the most basic education? Is this the 21st century? Or the 19th? This kid doesn't have a bank account of any kind, doesn't have medical care, doesn't know anything about living on his own, except what he's learned by his limited experiences.

Who will teach these displaced children how to really be productive citizens?

I guess our family has the opportunity to see where it's values truly are.