I’m going to take a hiatus from giving other people advice about parenting.
I began this project with a promise—to myself and my readers—not to make it about me or my family. My kids are still teenagers; they’re not finished yet; I would be loathe to hold our family up as an example of any kind.
I write about the parents I have observed, interviewed, admired and befriended—specifically the parents of my students—during and after my years in the classroom. For the most part, I try to write about other people, and other people’s children. I try to learn from them and share what I have learned.
I tend to think of our time on this big blue marble as a shared struggle, a journey made more enjoyable together, a load made lighter with many hands. I'm just trying to figure out the whole Life thing and I appreciate all those who help me along the way.
Right now, I am a mother of two teenaged boys, and I am struggling. Our family is struggling. It’s not pretty, and it scares me, and I have no idea what I’m going to do. Until further notice, our family is under construction. The whole design team needs to gather, mid-project, to assess our progress and re-think our approach.
So for now, I need to talk less and listen more. I am going to think and read and pray and seek the counsel of wise friends.
I am going to go back and re-read my own work, to see if any of my own advice rings true to me. If anything seems relevant, I’ll probably post some old work and pass along some of my findings. I am certainly going to read—and listen to—the words of other people who seem to do life a lot better than I do. I'm going on a fishing trip--fishing for answers and solutions and peace in the hearts of all those I love.
I’ll see you around the world (and the world-wide web). If you think of it, throw a good thought or prayer in the direction of my little family. We all shine on.
The Beatles "Let It Be" 1970