ROW80 Check-In after the jump (below)....
What do you think of the saying, "blood is thicker than water."
I'm not sure what I think about this saying. I mean, are there things that a family does that are unforgivable? I think about people like Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy. Their families loved them and I think, in Dahmer's case, that they still loved him even after all the horrible things he did. I know I always say to myself that I will always love my sons, no matter what, but what if (God forbid) one of them was to turn out really bad or commit some horrible crime. Would I be able to love them still? I really think that this is something that a person just will not know until it actually happens to them. So, what do I think of the saying? Well, I know that we are more able to forgive our families than anyone else so in that sense, I would have to say that it's true.
Tell us about someone you love -- your partner, spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, best friend, dog...
Since I mentioned my sons above, I just want to set minds at rest that my sons are two wonderful individuals.
My son, Gabe, has had a lot of problems and struggles over the years. He has ADHD and severe anxiety. School, and life in general, has been a constant struggle for him. Yet he perseveres and continues on. As he is getting older, he is becoming more conscientious and despite all his problems at school (he has been bullied and shunned by other kids), he never gives me a hassle about going and he keeps trying. He was lucky enough to be picked to attend a magnet school for junior high and I'm so excited for his future!
My son, Reece, Gabe's little brother (well, they're only 14 months apart) is my little smart one. He has consistently been an A and B student for the past several years. He learns very fast. He also shares my adoration for reading which I am absolutely thrilled about. He makes friends very easily and he is a very kind and conscientious child. He still has a bit of immaturity which can lead to some bratty actions at times, but overall, he's a good kid.
They are loving sons and I love them more than anything in this world. <3
Joyce Brothers said, "When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." True or false?
I would have to say 'true'. I wouldn't trade my family for anything in this world and I didn't have them, I know I would not be as happy of a person as I am. I am very close with my mom. She's really my best friend. I'm close to my dad and my aunts and cousins. Although my sister lives in another state, we are still very close and I'm also close to her kids, my nieces and nephew. My husband and I are somewhat close (we've grown apart over the years). Although things are not like they used to be, we still have a relationship that I can only describe as comfortable. But the two members of my family who have truly made my happiness are my sons. Being a mother has been the most wonderful thing to ever happen to me. So yes, family happiness is the greatest happiness.
Yeah, you read the post title correctly. FAIL Not a big surprise coming from me. I've failed at pretty much every goal I've set for myself for the new year. I'm still trying and I'll never give up, but it's hard not to get discouraged. One day leads into the next and before you know it, another week has gone by. Another week of epic occurrences of not accomplishing anything productive. *frown* Ah well, a human being is a work in progress and this human being is going to be up on that easel for a long time. But you know what? Just like that painting is eventually finished, so will I be. I have faith in that fact.
I have decided that the only way I'm going to get anything done is if I remove myself from all distractions. My kids are at school during the day, but my husband works 2nd shift so he's home while the kids are at school. Then at night, the kids are home. So I have family distractions and TV and internet....aaarrrgh! I'm sure you all can relate. Then there's the fact that we live in a small two bedroom aparment. There really is no escape here. I'm seriously considering renting me a small, climate-controlled storage space to use as my little writing retreat. It may sound crazy, but I'm serious. They're actually relatively affordable, but I'll most likely have to keep it a secret. My husband will probably think it's dumb. He just doesn't get the artist's life. In the meantime, I'm going to...
--reading on the craft
--do more planning to continue where I left off with the WIP
Thank you for listening to me whine. ;O)