I am just glued to the news. I have to turn it off every so once in awhile for a break. It is so overwhelming. It is baffling and I just dont’ see how these people, thousands and thousands, can be helped. And once those who are taken to TX or wherever, then what? It is astounding that they are not dropping water and food from helicopters to the groups of people that are still outside. I heard that they dropped some at the convention center finally but there is no one there to control the chaos. And the helicopter couldn’t land because everyone rushed the copter so they had to drop it from ten feet up. I feel so bad for all those people, wishing I could help. It is hard to connect with the reality of the devastation. Unbelievable and terribly sad.
I figured out why that book, "Nature Deficit Disorder" book is place here so much… the author writes for the local paper and lives here. Explains a lot. Anyway, I am totally into it. So much of it makes sense. It is just story after story of what adults remember from childhood and they are similar to my own. And also tons of interviews with kids and adults and statistics on this and that.
A lot of things are swirling around in my head but one thing about memories… this woman was talking about playing in her backyard when she was a kid doing something (can’t remember what but it was specific)… and how wonderful those memories were and that she ALWAYS did it. Then she said her mom told her that she did that like 2 or 3 times and that was it. But the point of that is what sticks out in our memories.
My boys have been in lots of activities and it is usually during the school year. Sports, dance, this and that… anyway, the author was saying how when kids are recalling what they do in their free time, they NEVER list those things. They list stuff like flying a kite in the field or playing in a tree (my boys of course would list video games;)… I can totally see all those activities being more like a chore rather than what is free time.
So I asked Tucker if he wanted to dance in Sept because it would probably be in the girls class and he was all… well…and I said it will be all boys in Feb. He enthusiastically said yeah, he’ll do it then… not now. So I asked him if he wanted to do anything this fall… basketball, soccer, drama… He said he would think about it. And I also told him he didn’t have to do anything.
I know Dallon wants to take piano really bad. But otherwise, we may be doing nothing but school. Which I kind of hope is the case. And I am really going to crack down on that tv watching and video games… for reals this time.
On another note, I had all the neighbor boys spend the night last night. Seven boys including my own. It was very different from Tucker’s birthday slumber party. These boys are like brothers, no popularity tensions. They have all been together since before they were five and some earlier than that. It was great. They had a dance off which was to the new Black Eyed Peas CD and we caught it all on film. Can’t wait to show them that video in 6 or 7 years:P Then they watched the original Bad News Bears. They just don’t make movies like that anymore.
My great friend Jennifer who has been one of my friends since we were eight, sent me the funniest card. Still makes me laugh when I think about it. She even wrote on the envelope, "Caution, funny card inside". And it is. So here it goes:
I was walking
to my car,
and I saw this lady
I recognized from the deli,
the sandwich lady, and I
made up this song:
the sandwich lady!
So now I think I’m creative.
and then on the inside it says:
You’re creative. You tell me.
OHHHH just hysterical. I loved it. Thanks jen. You always find the best cards ever.
And then there is this other one that I just love that she sent a few years ago. We hadn’t talked in awhile like months upon months and I was super busy with work, just crazy time… still have it up on my board. And it goes like this:
I, for one,
am glad there
are no people
like show people,
creep me out.
then on the inside it says:
If you become
Just kills me everytime. These are probably just funny to me and Jen but I had to share them because I see these cards (and others from her) on my boards daily and they give me a giggle every time.
I love my work but hate when I am rushed. But if I am not rushed, I go slow and cram it all into the end anyway:P Anway, I just got a Wacom tablet and I am so happy with it. Everything is so easy to do and I was really afraid that there would be a big learning curve to figure it out and there isn’t. I am using it with these rounds of designs. I can’t even remember what it is like to use a mouse…. and it’s only been two days with the pen and tablet.
I just got that new book in the mail… Last Child in the Woods, Nature Deficit Disorder. I have just read the first little bit but so far a few of the neighborhoods that have been described have been right here. So it makes it extra cool. I really want to add more nature and less inside media to my whole families time… including my own. As soon as the boys are back in school and my deadline is behind me, I am going to get back to that crusade. Everyone will be so happy (I wish)… but eventually they will.