So my blogging motivation still missing. I have a few half written posts in my drafts folder but haven't managed to bother finishing them. Or read many Blogs either. Each time I check my reader I have over a 100 posts to read, so I close it again or mark everything as read. So I'm not ignoring you specifically, just the blogging world generally. Too much going on in real life. I somehow ended up as collateral damage in a situation between two people I know. Its mostly resolved now but it did shatter my faith in people for a while.
Anyway, Kate runs Thankful Thursday, a great idea that I occasionally participate in. In fact the last post I published was a Thankful Thursday one, two weeks ago. Kate's Thankful Thursday for today is a lovely idea - a Fast Forward post written as if it is 2017.
Time seems to be flying by. I can't believe that Boy is 18 years old and has started Year 12. Girl is 13 and has started High School. They are growing up so fast.
Thankfully Boy finally stopped growing (he was almost 6 feet tall at 13) and he is working towards his career of choice. He was wanted to be a number of things over the years, an architect, author, illustrator and physican (because "Mum anyone who gets a PhD can be a Dr!") just to name a few. Our choice of High School meet his needs academically and also helped to teach him life skills and introduced him to a new circle of people. He is generous and helpful and still defends people but manages get less involved physically.
Academically, he is doing exceptionally well. I'm sure he will get into his choice of University whichever course he wants to do. Boy eats all kinds of food now. While he will probably never be adventurous when it comes to food, he has come a very long way from the days of surviving on chips, nuggets and sandwiches. Socially, he has some great friends. They all accept him just the way he is. I'm very grateful to those people who care about him.
Girl is doing wonderfully well. After a rocky few years she has had a great group of friends a few years now. Her years of dance have helped so much with her muscle tone and she loves to ride her bike. Academically she is doing well but the change in her socially has been impressive. She has changed from the child that when a girl in her Year 3 class asked the others how many kids hated Girl Child, 6 to 8 kids raised their hands. That dented her self esteem but almost broke me. Thankfully, things improved after that. I guess there wasn't much farther to fall, really.
She doesn't know what she wants to be when she is older but that's okay. She is only 13. Her love of books has continued and that is wonderful. She is still such a girly girl. I don't know how I ended up with such a girly girl but she is beautiful and knows her own mind. She still doesn't like her red hair much but I know that will change as she gets older. People always stop her and comment on what a beautiful colour it is.
We still in the the same house but it is neat and clean. You can tell a family lives here but I'm happy to have people over now. I can space my space, and am pleased to do so. As you can see, I'm still blogging. I am happy that I have made such great friends in the blogosphere. I have even been brave and gone to some blogging events. I had never thought that was ever going to happen. I now blog with more integrity and authencity than before and I'm proud of that.
Mr E. and I are still married (mostly happily, too!) I'm impressed that he has managed to me for so long. 21 years so far. We love each other and our children. We have managed to not screw the kids up. We are a family, still strong, still kind and loving, regardless of what life throws at us.
Thank you Kate. I really enjoyed this. Why don't you go and check out the other Fast Forward posts over at Kate Says Stuff: the Fast Forward post?