The question is more likely- What’s not new? It’s been a long time since I blogged. Last fall I took a new position with a pet insurance company. It’s been a nice change of pace- no longer wrestling mis-behaved dogs on the tile floor, and working in a position where I’m respected and valued- like I said- quite a change of pace. My work hours are great- and I’m able to pick up the kids after school each day. There’s alot to be said for being there after school to see their faces when they leave the building, and interact with their classmates.
This school year has been filled with lots of ups and downs. I am learning as I go along that I am greatly underqualified to counsil children on the ins and outs of schoolyard behavior. There have been many times where I have not known what to say. My son recently had a situation where some of his classmates said some very hurtful things to him. I don’t know what to say to make it ok. People sometimes say horrible things, and there’s nothing I can say that will make it go away- or make it OK. I didn’t know how to deal with it as a child, and I certainly don’t know how to deal with it as a parent. All I know is that there have been a day or two where I had to ask myself “is it ok to shake someone else’s child?”
That being said, both of the kids have had some wonderful highlights throughout their year. My daughter was chosen for the superstars gymnastics group, and she is super excited about it. She is quite the little athlete (not that I am biased). My son, who has always loved the water – as long as you don’t tell him what to do- participated in swimming lessons this spring for the first time in 2 years. He not only passed, but was skipped a level!
As for me, I experienced a moment of insanity around Christmas time, and enrolled in a Sprint Triathalon, along with a triathalon training clinic. What was I thinking??? Let’s see, a middle age, very overweight woman who was completely inactive enrolls in a triathalon. Sounds logical doesn’t it?? NOT! I don’t know what I was thinking. I began January 2nd- you can’t start on January 1st- there’s still good food kicking around from the night before. I began by running with a couple of friends once a week, and trying to swim laps. February 9th the training clinic began. When I enrolled for the training clinic, I imagined a large range of abilities surrounding me. However, when I showed up the first day, I found 7 people who were in very good shape- some who have previously completed triathalons, myself, and one other woman who recently had twins. Needless to say, there is a large gap between the 7 and the 2. I haven’t decided if having the majority of the group being much more advanced is encouraging, or discouraging- it depends on the day. My husband will attest to the fact that I can come home one day feeling pumped up that I am improving, and the next day I’ll come home crying. I am sure that he is loving this rollercoaster as much as I am! The trainer who runs the clinic is fantastic- without her leadership I would probably have quit by now. Rain or shine, the group meets three times a week, and it is nice to know that there are people expecting me to show up. There is no way I could have trained enough on my own to be able to accomplish my goal in such a short time. The triathalon is April 20th- which is creeping up quickly!
As the day draws closer, I am trying to remind myself that I am ”In it to Finish it” and that my goal all along was to get in shape and have fun doing it. I recognize that I am no where near competitive.
As usual, I have had a verse from a song stuck in my head lately, so I thought I’ld share it with everyone- it’s kind of how I see things right now…..
I’m broke but I’m happy
I’m poor but I’m kind
I’m short but I’m healthy, yeah
I’m high but I’m grounded
I’m sane but I’m overwhelmed
I’m lost but I’m hopeful baby
What it all comes down to Is that everything’s gonna be fine fine fine.