Friday, August 16, 2013

no pictures today girls.. just some reminising!

I feel like Im missing out on something by not going back to school shopping!!
It goes soo fast!  It seems not so long ago that I would send all 4 of mine off for a first day of school.  new backpacks, carefully packed full with new trapperkeepers, notebooks and nice new sharp pencils!  and of course an array of fancy erasers and crayons or markers and depending on the grade, highlighters!  Each with with new sneaks, new clothes... each one squeaky clean, almost every hair on their heads perfectly in place; some spiked and some in pigtails.  lunches carefully packed and marked for each child accordingly.. (they didnt all like the same things..  of course!)  and there we would be on the first day.. everyone ready to get on the bus when the bus pulled up out front.  Ha!  that was the first day.. it seemed that every day the rest of the year it was more like me yelling.. "hey.. hurry up youre going to miss the bus!  I'm not driving you.. you better hurry...  What?  Robert!  your not even out of bed yet??   omg... lets gooo!!"  LOL!! 
and now.. they dont live with me any more.  and I dont have to do any of this.. we moved on from first days of school.. to final days of senior years, then graduations, colleges, and then weddings and grandbabies...  wow!  where has the time gone!?  and Now I find myself thinking that I wish I could stay home and keep my grandbabies with me so they didnt have to go to sitters.. and so I could take them to school and pick them up after school and have fresh made cookies and milk waiting for them. Would that all be sweet?
lol!  

but I have to go to work and deal with boys who end up in foster care, often because they refuse to go to school from their own homes... 
Life is so funny isnt it?
When I was a kid, evn as a little girl, I didnt like going to school.. and then as a teenager..  I did not go to school.  my parents split up and I didnt care about anything after that.. and I got into lots of things I shouldnt have, to say the least!   I started ninth grade in one school, basically skipped the whole year and failed.  went to ninth grade a second time at an alternative school called school with out walls.  somehow, I managed to pass that year.. though honestly.. I did very much of nothing!  then at the same school for 10th grade, but only for a couple months, because as soon as I was 16, I dropped out!  
amazing.. that for some reason I signed up for, showed up for and passed a GED test...  and thankfully I did that because years later as an adult with small children I went to college for 4 and a half years to get a social work degree and graduated summa cum laude.  And guess what?  I LOVED school!
LOL!
well, I dont know where all this came from this morning...  maybe because its crisp and cool out this morning and it reminded me of my kids having first days of school... and the rest just progressed from there... eiy yie yie!!  I got off on a roll...
Now, I have abou 20 minutes to get ready for work... YIKES!!
Im on call for CPS this weekend..   hoping that its not too busy.. I have other things I want to do too!
No pictures today girls!
Happy day!!
xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxoxoxox

14 comments:

Theresa said...

Happy Day to you too dear Viv! I loved hearing you life story:) Turned out great! Have a blessed day, HUGS!

chris mckinley said...

I'm sure you are not the only one who has done better in school as an adult! And a perfect career choice for you.....you have some understanding of how hard it is for teenagers and how to reach out to them. You offer so much to your grands...they are lucky you are their Grammie! Hope your weekend is not too busy!

Kai said...

This post just made my day. It ALSO made me cry. One day I will (privately) tell you something and you will understand why I hold you and your family in such high esteem. This post made me love you even MORE & I truly didn't think that could be possible. You are SO much younger than I am, but I wish you'd been MY mother. Seriously! You have a lucky family! And I am SO proud of you for not only going back to school, but because you add something special to boys in need for doing it! Rock star. Yep. THAT'S what YOU are! I love you, Vivvy Pie.

Lutka And Co. said...

Wow Viv, It sounds like you are in a very rewarding profession. And your background is amazing! - You probably have a deeper understanding and are able to help the children more. Hooray for you!!! :)

NanaDiana said...

I KNEW you were more than just a pretty face that created whimsical beings! I hear you, Viv. I relive those days sometimes, too. Bittersweet, isn't it? xo Diana

Musings from Kim K. said...

I have an extra special place for social workers in my heart (wink wink). It's an emotional job. You are a wonderful mentor and role model. Your past is a truly moving story. Social Work is the perfect career choice for you. Hugs!!!

bojojoti said...

You brought back some memories to me! Our son was awful. I had to poke, prod, and push that boy. And then, he would sit down and go back to sleep! Drove me crazy. If I didn't stand over him and direct his every move, he'd fall asleep. I finally got tired of that and just let him sleep one morning. I packed his clothes in a brown paper bag, and when it was time to leave, I shook him awake and told him he had missed breakfast, and we needed to leave. He wanted to change out of his jammies, but I told him we didn't have time. He'd have to change in the car. After that, he was a little more cooperative!

I admire how you returned to school and did so well.

Elizabeth Andrus said...

Vivian, You have touched the Empty Nest in my heart with your words today. My husband and I love to see the kids on the playgrounds when we drive past schools in our town. We always begin talking about school days with our children. Such a sweet post! Miss ya! E

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Viv, your high school experience sounds like mine! I went to two different alternative schools before I finally quit and just worked full time.

Aw, back to school shopping... It took me several years of being married before I stopped missing back to school shopping for ME! Ha-ha!

I've enjoyed reminiscing with you this evening. ♥

Stephanie said...

Thank you for letting us into your heart.

Holiday Sparkle - Cyndi LaChance said...

Girl, you are an inspiration! I love hearing your stories ;)
Cyndi

Mimi Sue said...

I'm at the same stage as you. Grandkids are going to school now. It sure does go by fast! Loved to hear your story. You know what they say, all's well that ends well. Your life could have ended up soooo different. Way to go! Mimi

P White said...

Hey - I have a 5 year old...but I love to go and get the composition notebooks that are .50 cents and the markers and pencils that are always on special for school just to add to my art supply horde...it's still FUN!

Sandy C said...

I'm having a lot of anxiety about waking my kids up for school because this summer they have been going to bed late every night-yikes!