This is my latest papercut, available now.
In the last two weeks these events have occurred:
- Brian hit a deer with his car on the way to work. The car is in the shop – I am without a vehicle this week. He and the boys were able to go back with the truck and at least manage to not let the deer meat go to waste.
- Everett shot his first deer the same weekend during Youth Season. He and a family friend processed both deer, and now we have a freezer full of meat.
- Marshall came home after school one day and asked if I noticed anything different about him. That’s when I notice his “I Voted” sticker. He voted for the very first time.
- Marshall got accepted to the University of Arkansas. My baby is going to college next fall. When, how, where, wait…maybe I’m ready, maybe I’m not…I’m just not going to think about it for a few more months. Denial has served me well over the years!
- Nate is now the manager of the jr. high girl’s basketball team. He just up and asked the coach if he could have the job. When, where, what, wait…does this mean he’s interested in girls now? I’m not going to think about that one either. I was however quite impressed with his initiative.
- We all had a long conversation about life after high school, college, jobs, what’s important in life, the definition of success, etc. Being in the middle of the book Radical Homemakers is making me hesitate to trot out the usual “you must go to college, you must get a good paying job, you must, you must, you must… I feel split on things, life being life there does seem to be certain rules you must adhere to in order to survive and get along well with others. At the same time there seems to be a need to examine closely what is important and to question said rules to see if they are really valid or if they are the way you want to define your success. It gets really muddy when you are the parent and you are trying to guide your children, and you can see and hear the thought processes going on in your kids heads. The hard part is knowing that they are going to have to figure some of this stuff out for themselves and in some cases the hard way.