Dry Spell

I’ve been searching my brain for days, trying to come up with something to write about. I guess it happens to everyone, but I wish it wouldn’t happen to me. I’m not even sure where this post will lead; I suppose we’ll find out together.

My pain level has been pretty high this past couple of days. I suppose that’s why I’m struggling with my writing. Chronic pain causes exhaustion, lack of concentration, and a total lack of desire to do anything, It takes everything in me to shake off that kind of depression. It’s difficult to do but when something you were looking forward to gets ripped right out from under you, it’s even harder. You wonder, “Why the fuck do I even try.”

Next week, I’m getting Gel One injections in my knees. I’m hoping this particular type will help more than the last, but I’m not getting my hopes up. I’m not too anxious about the shots since I went through this 6 months ago. I know what to expect now and I know it’s not painful; it’s mostly just pressure in the knees and a little uncomfortable.

I am looking forward to seeing my sister, my daughter and my grandson very soon! I wish I could cook like I use to. I would love to cook up a feast for them! The house could use a good deep cleaning….but I can’t do that either. The grandson is nearly 4 years old now. I haven’t seen him since he was less than 2 years old! I’m pretty sure that if my furbabies knew about this visit and could offer their two cents, they would say, “Noooooo! Don’t let them come!” I’m also sure they will make themselves scarce during the visit! They’re just not used to little people with loud voices!

Dad had a coughing fit tonight and just about scared the daylights out of me. He was eating tootsie rolls and I always warn him to be careful. Chewy candy, in general, produces too much saliva. Anyway, I thought I was going to have to do the Heimlich Maneuver, but he caught his breath and coughed it out. Thank goodness. That man scares the hell out of me sometimes. He will be 81 in February.

It’s nearly 1 a.m. as I type this. I should go to bed but I’m half-ass watching this LMN movie about a crazy guy stalking the neighbor woman whom he apparently knew in the past. She knows him from somewhere but can’t put her finger on it. It will all come out in the wash! These movies are so predictable and seriously if you’ve seen one it’s a safe bet that you’ll see another and another with the same plot with different actors!

Well, my eyes are getting heavy and I keep hitting the wrong keys. I must be tired. I hope my pain level is lower tomorrow because I have some errands to run. Dad and I usually have lunch out on Saturdays too. It would be nice to be able to enjoy some time away from home without too much pain….but, that’s my life. I do what I can, when I can.




Parents, Teach Your Children Well

We’ve all been there before. You’re trying to shop for groceries, or buying school supplies for your children. Maybe you’re at the local laundromat and frazzled because your washing machine crapped out on you. Perhaps you’ve stopped for lunch at a local diner or fast food restaurant. Where ever you may be, you’re busy with your own thoughts, your own children, your own tasks. And then….

A loud screech from a few feet away. Maybe the kid in the booth right behind you is bouncing around in his seat to the point that every movement he make jerks you around in your seat. Another outburst. Perhaps someone’s child is running through the laundromat, punching each machine as he goes by. You try to be patient and let it go, but it doesn’t stop. The more that little ball of fire screams and squeals, the more irritated you get. Wait. Is that child here all alone? Nope. The child is with adults. Why, oh why aren’t they making him stop? They are oblivious to their child’s outbursts.

It seems that many parents don’t teach their children proper behavior when out in public. Some don’t teach them manners at all! Is it because they don’t know any better? Is it because they believe their child has the right to do whatever they want and disturb whomever they want? I don’t necessarily believe in spanking, although sometimes, it does the trick. Sometimes, all it takes it raising your voice! Sometimes, counting. My kids rarely let me get past 2. They knew I meant business. But, parents, please discipline your child because if you don’t they will grow into big, overgrown assholes who don’t care about anything or anyone!

Take a recent case in a Maine diner, video link below. The owner of the diner slams her hands down on the counter and yells, “This has got to stop!” She points to the 2-year-old who has been crying for 20 minutes while the parents did absolutely nothing. Turns out the child was hungry and we know how kids are when they are hungry. They are very impatient. They don’t have the control that we do as adults. Why didn’t the parents try to divert her attention? Why didn’t they ask the waitress for some crackers? The parents did nothing. If you have been following this story, you know that even when the child’s pancakes arrived at the table, the parents didn’t even give them to her! She still cried and cried and cried! Why did this family think it was ok for their child to disturb everyone in the diner?

Do you think it was OK for the owner of the diner to respond in this way? Do you think she was out of line?

My opinion is this – and you can take it or leave it – the parents should have either removed child from the diner (temporarily or permanently), or asked for crackers or a banana for the child, or tried to divert the child’s attention to something else. (This would mean giving the child some attention and I’m not sure that the parents even knew what that meant.) As for the owner of the diner, a little more tact could have been used. But let’s not forget about the 75 other customers in the establishment who may have been trying to relax over breakfast, go over notes for an important meeting at work, or maybe just have a quiet conversation with someone. ALL parents need to be a little more sensitive to other people around them! It’s called having some consideration for others!

Yes, children get upset. They cry. They act out. They are children. But it’s our responsibility as parents to teach them; to guide them. It takes a lot of time and patience, but it has to be done. We cannot allow our children to grow up with NO manners!! We can’t let them think it’s ok to behave like little spoiled animals because they will ultimately behave like animals when they are adults! We have to teach them that they can’t always have what they want. They have to learn how to deal with life’s disappointments. Sometimes, they have to wait. Sometimes, they don’t get what they want, when they want it. Parents need to be teaching their children manners, and that it is NOT ok to disturb everyone else!

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