Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thank you

I am so glad I wrote my last post. I really appreciated the comments and have, to some extent, been able to pinpoint part of my hesitancy in continuing to write. It is embarrassing to not be on top of things. There. I have said it. I have always been one of those people for whom "it" comes easily. Parenting a wee one was a piece of cake (more or less). Uncertainty makes me queasy and I have been bothered by the idea of writing about struggles--whether personal or familial. Then I realized, I read other people's blog because they are honest and real and I can relate. Hmm--maybe I could do that too!

So, for those of you who have been reading for years, thank you. Things are about to get messier. For those of you who are new readers, it ain't all wine and roses. Okay, it is probably a fair bit of wine. (She wrote with a glass of Grenache by her side.)

The last two days have been nice. Evie and a friend re-furbished a doll house that was made for Scott's grandma, it is a replica of her home library. The great Harry Potter project continues with Evie memorizing lots of lines. We (E and I) started translating some Latin fairy tales today, just for fun. Evie really wants to learn French, and seeing as I speak it fairly well I think I can help. Between HP and learning French, Latin seemed to make sense. It is fun to see her eyes light up when she makes a connection in the languages.

I am more grateful than ever to have friends with kids older than mine. I am grateful that they are so generous in giving their time and spirit.

My goal for this year is "letting go of perfect" and once again, a child shall lead me.


ItMakesYouSmile said...

"Letting go of perfect" - is perfect! Perfect is definitely the enemy of good in child rearing as with so many things in life. Sorry if I'm not able to easily relate to the impulse toward perfectionism, I didn't get that gene. I do, however, relate very well to the queasy feeling of uncertainty. I think we all feel that when we're standing on the edge of one of those huge, blank, unknowns in our lives: leaving home; getting married; having kids; changing careers; etc.

Thanks for being willing to put it out there. I think that sharing stories is really what gets us all through life.

Jessica said...

Yes wine can help a lot, well wine and chocolate! Life is not perfect, nothing is black and white.Life is various shades of grey.Perfect dosnt exist....only the idea does.Real life is messy, noisy and fun, not sterlie, the same and boring:)And in all honesty the best, most inspiring writers write about reality, they dont sugar coat things.(And in that is the lesson to myself!)

Sunflower Hill Farm said...

How are you going to do that? Let go of perfect? I struggle with this for myself and my boys, so I'm curious.
Jen, I LOVE your blog. I am inspired by others on a similar path. I think it's easy when kids are little. I seek out what to do when they are older. I have one (and another just on the cusp) of gearing up for his next stage. I think it's important to highlight the joys and struggles of unschooling teens - it really has nothing to do with school at all, does it? More like the joys and struggles of being present for people growing and joyfully struggling.

Let it all hang out, girl. We need your wisdom and insights.

denise said...

I know what you mean. I'm a "Type A Virgo". Things being messy or out of hand bugs me. But having spunky boys has had this amazing domino effect of me letting it go more, not sweating the small stuff, and not feeling the pressure to always go go go go go and live in the moment.

Latin!!! I love latin. It is such a cool thing to learn. So interesting as so many words and languages wrap right into it - it is insight to the history of the world, our words, our language. So cool!