Ariel experienced another childhood “first” today: her first encounter with a schoolbus bully.
Apparently, a girl behind her unzipped Ariel’s backpack and pulled out the tag that lists Ariel’s personal information. Ariel took it back and told her, “it’s not your business,” to which the bully responded by spitting in Ariel’s eye. She seemed unhappy and a little bewildered as she got off the bus and related the story, but not too terribly shaken up or frightened. And yes, she told the bus driver, who commanded them both to face forward and leave each other alone. Hopefully this incident won’t repeat itself…
During the semester that I spent at that same elementary school, I was teased incessantly, and bus rides in particular were horrible. Putting Ariel in this school has been a strange experience, with certain emotions washing over me as I walk down the halls, emotions that I have to push out of my mind and remind myself that Ariel is a completely different person than I was, with much better social skills, self-esteem, and fortitude. I was a sixth-grader who had never been in a public school before, and she is a kindergartener who just finished an excellent year at her state-run preschool. But this incident is bringing some of those feelings of anxiety back to the surface for me, feelings that I am trying not to show to my daughter.
It’s been a LONG time. And the Happy Place blog I made always felt contrived, so I gave it up very quickly. But I think I would like to come back here and pick up where I left off. So much as changed, but I think that I’ve done enough healing that the new me can come here and hang out next to the old me without an emotional break-down (at least, I hope!).
Anyway, I found this on Pinterest yesterday and it piqued my interest. It made me want to go out on a limb and actually DO it. Shocking, but true. So I think I’m gonna! Back soon!
So much has happened since my last post.
There are things that you talk about on a blog, and things that you don’t. There are things that I will be able to share publicly one day, but for now, the details will have to remain unknown. This July, I made the very difficult decision to remove myself and my daughters from an abusive situation. The last few months have been a challenge, a roller coaster. They have been some of the happiest and most stressful and most angry times of my life. I have never felt more free, more capable, more determined, or more overwhelmed. I have never had more hope for the future.
With a new life comes a new blog! It feels weird to continue tacking posts of my new life onto a blog from a past that seems so far away emotionally. So come on over to Happy Place and check out our new life! It’s deliciously pink…
KK, so my Village Green ladies and I are supposed to be taking pictures of our homes or things/people in our homes as if they were for a magazine article, and posting them. So here’s my first one.
And here’s my little mini-article, for good measure:
With the cold and flu season upon us, now is a great time to reorganzie your medicine cabinet! This can be a daunting task after months of haphazard grabbing and shoving. Here are a few quick tips to get your started!
- Start by clearing off a counter or table nearby. You’ll need room to sort your medications in full view.
- Toss anything empty, expired, or no longer needed (like that teething medication for your preschooler!)
- Separate your pills by usage. Try grouping them into Cold Remedies, Pain Killers, Supplements, Gastrointestinal Aids, etc. When you’re looking for something to keep your nose from dripping at work, you’ll be so glad to have a selection of cold remedies in one spot!
- Label and replace. Decide where each group will go, and put it away. Labels will make everything easy to find later, and will help everyone remember not to put the vitamins with the cough drops.
- Now take a look! What is missing? Maybe you have plenty of cough drops, but no decongestants! Take a minute to think through what you may need this winter and add it to your shopping list.
It only takes a few minutes, and you’ll be thanking yourself all winter long!