Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The note from the teacher....this is unbelievable!

Hi there, it's me again! And of the course the only time I even bother blogging is when I am irritated, and boy am I ever! I was presented with a unusual situation today. At least I think it is a little strange.

 Okay, so most people know I have kids with special needs. If there is a diagnosis out there it seems to live under my roof. We deal with aspergers, ADHD, OCD, anxiety, and CP on a daily basis. So needless to say, life is interesting, and at times a little hectic. I get all kinds of notes from my youngest sons teachers. Most them are normal notes, and some of them are borderline crazy! I got one of those today, and boy did it ever rub me the wrong way!

So, guess what, I am not the perfect mom!! Surprised?  I'm not saying I'm not a good mom, cause I think I do a fairly good job, and the praise I received from my children's developmental specialist actually made me blush (and I have it in writing)! I have actually been described as a mother who does an "excellent" job at locating and maintaining services for her children.  My kiddos are loved, fed, sheltered, and I keep them dressed. But, apparently I haven't dressed my youngest up to certain standards, at least I haven't over the past couple of days. I honestly didn't even know that someone was keeping score, but obviously they have been. 

So, this all starts when I get a note home from my sons teacher. Apparently the lightweight sweatshirt that I have put on him the last couple of chilly mornings is to small! Yes, I actually realized this, but since he apparently didn't make it home with his two "good" light jackets at some point and time, and I can't really afford another one, especially since summer is right around the corner, and hopefully at least one of his good ones will turn up, I didn't think it was a huge deal. 

So I did it, I sent my son to school in a jacket that is to small for him (gasp)! Oh the horror, someone should lock me up and throw away the key, I guess!! 

It just really amazes me though that someone would send me a rather condescending little note about my sons smallish jacket. I'm not sure how to handle this situation. Should I ignore it? Maybe send him back to school in the same old jacket tomorrow, just to prove a point? Should I run out and buy a new one? Send notes of contrition and apologies to his teachers? 

Maybe I should send a apologetic note, so here it is! My note to my sons teachers concerning the horrible thing I did!  

Dear great and revered teacher(s) of my youngest child, ,

I am so full of remorse for the obvious blasphemy that I have committed. Why would I ever send my son to school in a jacket that is to small for him? I realize that school is very important, I realize that how my child dresses is important, Lord knows I wouldn't want him to be judged harshly in his tight jacket, that he had to endure,  for the small amount of time he was on the bus.  This was due to the unseasonably chilly mornings we have been having, and the obvious loss of TWO good jackets, somewhere between school and home (have you ever thought about sending a note to the Powers that be, requesting an end to the unseasonable chilly weather, that is a great idea, maybe you should start a petition).  But I digress...

 I realize the bus is such a wonderful place, where loud country music is played on the radio, teaching my children all kinds of  interesting "vocabulary"  and cute little songs (since you are so worried about my children, maybe you would like to explain to my six year old why "Mary has a little lamb", and why she just don't give a "damn" anymore, because I am getting tired of trying to explain that one)!  Bullying abounds on the bus, we all know that !  God forbid my son be inappropriately attired, even for a day or two, after all, we all know what is truly important, especially when it comes to riding the bus! 

I don't blame you for being so petty, after all, haven't I caused the school system a world of problems in the past, advocating for my children (shame on me)! But, I thought we were finally past that, I thought we had actually come to a sort of understanding!  Don't I bite my tongue and keep my mouth shut with every snotty little note? As I try my best to maintain a "good relationship" with my children's school? And, I know his tight jacket is way worse than the fact that he has actually fell into the trash can at school, not once, but twice?  Not to mention the fact that he has come home with several black eyes, after "falls", all of this, without one complaint from myself;  the horrible mother who put last years jacket on her son!    Please don't call CPS on me, and please, please, don't call the fashion police.......

The worlds worst, but most apologetic, and full of regret,  fashionably insensitive mother 

Thank you very much for so kindly pointing out the fact that the sleeves are way to short on his jacket, I actually couldn't see that for myself! Being such a dumb, illiterate, single mother, who doesn't know how to dress her children......who just happens to hold three college degrees, and who works like a dog, every single day to get the best possible education, therapy, and medical treatment for her children, and still has to put up with petty busy bodies, who wouldn't know what to do if they actually had to live one day of my life! 

I guess what I am really trying to say; is why do you have enough time to send notes home about my sons tight jacket? I mean is that the biggest problem we have going right now? Couldn't we put more effort into, lets say, potty training, or social skills? What else is there to do? Other than sit and discuss my failings as a parent with substitute teachers (yep, I know all about that one), and bemoan my obvious lack of fashion etiquette for five year old little boys!  

So what do you think! I won't really send this, though I'd love to! But, I am planning on some sort of reply. I obviously can't ignore this. I mean, how incredibly rude! I would never talk to a parent like that, and having worked with children and their parents, I have never done such a thing!! 

Well I guess I'll step down off my soapbox. I am so thankful the school year is nearly over! I miss homeschooling so much! But, at least that is always a option...if things get to crazy!

Have a great night (or day), and please, do society a favor, dress your children appropriately...and never, never, get in a hurry, and stick a jacket that is to small on their poor little bodies. If you do, you may regret it! I sure do!! Imagine, being worried about seizures, medications, 6 hour transports to the doctor, anxiety, and IEP meetings. When I obviously should have been thinking about fashion instead! Shame on me! Okay, I'm done!

Good Night,


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Open letter to nosy busybodies who should get a life.....seriously!

 To whom it may concern:

Good morning! I'm irritated this morning. I don't like being irritated! It isn't like I don't question myself enough...

Do I do enough for my kids?

Am I a good enough mother?

 How can I possibly keep up with all of these "wonderful" parents who do no wrong?

 I mean, I am here for my kids, every single day of their lives, I have been with them almost every moment since their births. Except God forbid the few moments I have grabbed for myself, which probably adds up to a few hours of my children's entire lives.

 I take my children to multiple appointments, argue with doctors and school staff, open my home to people I normally wouldn't, I make enemies, and lifelong friends.  I have logged in hours and hours of driving, spent thousands of dollars in gas. I cuddle on the couch, watch "Thomas the Tank Engine" and multiple Super-Hero and Transformer movies. I worry, I cry, I pray!  I don't do these things because I "have" to, I do them because I love my kids, because I want the best for them.  Am I perfect? Absolutely not! But, I am sure I could do a lot worse. is my advice to you, and you know exactly who you are. Instead of speculating and talking about me behind my back, why not come and live my life for a few days. You are more than welcome to see if you can do a better job! I don't mean to sound petty, but I am really tired of opinions, and the fact that you are brave enough to talk to others, but you won't dare say what you think, to me. That says it all, I guess!

 So you just keep talking, and I'll keep on doing what I do!  I'll keep loving my kids, and I'll keep being me.Know that in the long run of things, you are just a small glitch in my very large life! You could never handle half of what I have endured, or do what I do on a daily basis. That is why God gave "me" my children, and that's why he didn't give them to a petty, small minded person, such as you! 


The mother who loves her kids more than the world, and who obviously isn't up to your standards, but who could really care less about you and your petty small town standards, narrow mind, and big mouth!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013


I'm having such a hard time navigating my new world. I don't know why.... so much has happened in the past few weeks though. Health scares with the children being my main concern.

Maybe I'm finally getting old, but I catch myself reflecting on the past. I even dream about it, vivid, realistic dreams. Dreams where I am there, where I can smell the scents of my childhood. Wood smoke, honeysuckles, and sunshine. Yes, sunshine has a smell when you are a child.

In my dreams I talk to people who are no longer with us. I play again with my grandfather, sit at my grandmothers feet as she watches her daily "soaps". I eat hard candy and I smile, and I laugh.

I really miss that. I miss those days of no worries. I miss playing outside until dusk, then going in to watch my favorite television show with my sister. I miss the friends I had, I miss the comfort of feeling completely safe, of  knowing that no one would dare harm me, as I lay in my shared bed, and played silly games with my sister. I miss feeling that people are good, that the world is actually a good place, where super-heroes are real, and princes exist.

My grandfather's have been dead for years. Both of my grandmothers passed away a few years ago. I have moments when I miss them, I long for them so bad,  it is like a knife to my chest. I don't know what brings on these moments, but I still have them.

I absolutely believe in heaven. I believe that heaven for me will be my childhood. On my grandfathers lap, eating watermelon, as he listens to Elvis, and sings to me. Where I am the only girl in the world that matters, and everyone loves me.

 In heaven I will run through the grass, and roll down the hill, and I will truly laugh again, I'll finally be happy again. Everyone will be healthy, my babies will be there, I'll play with them in the creek, and my grandparents will be so thrilled with his great-grandchildren.

I see heaven as one long summer day. Everyone I love will be there, and there will be no hate, no hurt, and no reason to cry!

That is my vision of heaven.

Friday, March 29, 2013

April memories...

I'm a horrible blogger. Either that, or I just don't have a lot to say. Well that is a lie, I have tons of stuff to say, just afraid to make my thoughts public I guess.

I can't believe it is almost April, spring is on the way, along with birthdays, lots of them! I will have a five year old in April, and a seven and eighteen year old in May. Hard to believe. The years do fly by, I know we hear that said often, but believe me, it's true!

Today I'm going to talk a little about my April birthday boy. My little miracle Elijah. Five years ago my family and I were preparing for a trip, I was pregnant with what I had learned was identical triplet boys.  I had also just learned that these boys were in danger, they suffered from a condition in utero called Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS).  What is TTTS? According to the TTTS Foundation home page TTTS is:
  •  a disease of the placenta (or afterbirth) that affects identical twin pregnancies.
  •  it affects identical twins (or higher multiple gestations) who share a common monochorionic placenta.
  • The shared placenta contains abnormal blood vessels which connect the umbilical cord and circulations of the twins.
  • The common placenta may also be shared unequally by the twins
  • The events in pregnancy that lead to TTTS are all random.
So it had been determined that my triplet boys were in danger from this, and our best option was for me to undergo surgery, so the doctor could try to "fix" this problem, which was causing one child (Elijah) to receive way to much blood and nutrition from the placenta, while the others were pretty much dying from a lack of nutrition.

So five years ago, around the end of March we were planning a trip to Florida, the closest doctor to us who does this surgery was in Tampa.

I honestly don't think I could have even imagined what was ahead of me, the horrible trip, the painful surgery, the extremely premature births of my boys, the loss of one at birth, and the other at a month old, the four month hospitalization of my survivor, and the days of not knowing if he was going to even make it home with us. And then bringing him home, very sick, and very tiny. The challenges he faces, and will face for the rest of his life. The broken dreams, the broken home, and the loss.

I know there are people who think I should be over it by now. I should move on, be thankful, not dwell on the past. Believe me, I am thankful, but I'm also angry at times! Angry when I see my little boy struggle, when he can't run and play and keep up with other five year olds. Angry at the doctor appointments and the struggles we face every day as a family. Angry when even a trip to the store with my boys turns into a ordeal. I'm angry every time I look at my boy and imagine what could have been, I imagine him healthy, with his healthy brothers on either side of him, like matching little bookends. I get angry when I think about what I lost, what he lost. Sorry if that bothers you. But, if you have never been there, then who are you to judge me?
I know plenty of people who have lost children. I also know that it doesn't matter when it happens, it doesn't matter if you have that child for a day, a month, or a year. When you lose that child you are losing a piece of yourself. You are losing every tomorrow that was supposed to have been. You are losing moments in life, pictures, laughter, even your future grandchildren. It's a huge loss. One that you can't imagine, unless you have actually been there. It is always with you, it never leaves. You learn how to go on, you smile, you laugh, you even learn how to be happy again. But, it never leaves you. So don't expect me to forget.

Sorry about the depressing blog everyone! Just had to get that off my chest I guess. So please remember, I may smile, I may joke with you, and have a good time. But, if I seem a little down, don't judge me to harshly. This is a very difficult time of year for me!   

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Creative writing prompt...

I am already slacking on my blog. So I decided to use blog prompts to try to get the creativity flowing again, I love these things. I decided to do a creative writing prompt from duolit

“A knock on the door in the middle of the night never means good news…”

.....she had discovered that the hard way. At first she thought she was dreaming, but the knocking became louder, pulling her out of her drug induced sleep. She craved sleep so much lately, but couldn't sleep without her little pill. She crawled out from under the covers, reaching groggily around in the dark for her robe. The clock said 3 a.m.  
Her first thought was of her ageing mother, maybe something happened, then her thoughts ran to her teen daughter, but she was home by now, right? As she stumbled down the hall she peeked into her daughters room, relieved to see her slumbering form, hand hanging off the bed, resting on a picture that had been knocked onto the floor. She didn't have to look to know whose picture it was. 
The knocking persisted. "I'm coming" she called as she made her way carefully down the stairs in the dark.  She opened the door and peered out into the wet, and dreary night.  He stood there, he hadn't changed at all, his coat collar pulled up around his ears, as if he could block the rain, as if he needed to. 
She gasped, "you shouldn't be here" she said.  "I had to see you" he replied, reaching out as if to touch her hair, his hand paused in front of her face, knowing it was useless.  "I believe I am dreaming" she said, as the tears started streaming down her face. He didn't reply, just watched her crying with a sad expression on his face, as if he longed to comfort her.  "I'm sorry" he said quietly, "I wish it had never happened".  He stepped back from the door, and began walking. She watched him until he faded from her sight, disappearing in the fog.  
Wiping her tears she pulled the door closed,  and made her way back up the stairs, the clock said that only minutes had passed, it felt like hours.  She slipped silently into her daughters room, softly moving her daughters hand she picked up the picture of him, standing proudly in his uniform, smiling as if he would live forever. She quietly placed the picture back on their daughters night stand, and whispered, "I miss you so much, I wish it had never happened either". Then she made her way back to her lonely bed, to try to sleep, and dream of better times. 


Sunday, January 6, 2013

To date or not to date?

Being single again is difficult. It is hard to know how to handle certain situations. One big question that has been on my mind is the dating question. I keep telling myself that it is okay to wait, it is okay to be single and work on me, just concentrate on my boys. I know that is the sensible thing to do. But.....then I think, what can going on a date hurt? After all, I am 36 years old, and not getting younger. 

So, I'll admit it, I joined a dating website. It is hard to meet people when you are a single mom, the only places that usually allow you to meet single people are bars, and I don't see that there are a lot of good prospects there. 

So, I made me a profile on a popular dating site. Then the messages started coming, and I realized that online dating can be really time consuming. People want to chat, and they want to chat right now. Not only do they want to chat, they want to text, they want to call, they actually want to go out! Imagine that! Not that I mind any of that, but it is really hard to weed through the frogs and find any possible "princes".  Men who I actually want to move on to the next step with, a phone call. 

I am not totally new to this online dating thing. I tried it several years back. I did go on a few dates, mostly frogs! I did meet a couple of really nice guys, one who I even liked a lot. Sadly he was not prince material. 

 So, what did I do? I got tired of the online thing, had a girls night with a couple of friends, and met the prince frog that I eventually married. Yes, we had two beautiful children, and I am thankful for that, but the less said about "him" the better! 

It would be so nice to just go to the grocery store and pick up the man of your dreams in aisle number 6.  That isn't likely, so we must trudge along, kissing frogs, and praying that they turn into princes! 

So who is the man of my dreams? Well it is really pretty simple. I want a man who actually acts like a man. A man who is strong (but doesn't mind showing his emotions), and  who is witty. Who doesn't mind laughing and being silly, but who knows when to be serious. A man who opens doors, and pulls out chairs. A man who makes me feel safe, a man who likes to kiss and cuddle. That shouldn't be to hard to find...yeah right! 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

What a headache!

I spent most of my day in the local ER with a horrible headache. I had to get a CT scan...I can't imagine what the bill will be, but I got to lie in a dark, and quiet room, with the door shut, and a nice nurse gave me something for the pain. The bill is going to be horrible! Did I mention that I got to lie all day in a dark and quiet room....well maybe the bill will be worth it! 

I am okay, I wasn't having a stroke (the doctors first concern), or an aneurysm (my concern). Probably a migraine, which just happens to involve my neck and my face. Strange, but not surprising, nothing surprises me any more! Personally I think it is stress from my day in court yesterday, and probably lack of sleep has a little something to do with it as well! 

Well friends, my pain medication is wearing off, so I think this is all I will write tonight. Hopefully I will be able to post something more interesting tomorrow!