“I’m sensitive to the damage a sheltered life can cause, and I do my best to foster independence where I can. For example, when I take my 5 year old to the supermarket, I let him roam about the store eating sample and searching the discount fruit bin for good deals while talking to employees and sometimes strangers.
This never fails to cause some well-meaning adult to inform me that I’ve lost my kid. “No,” I tell them. “he knows where to find me.” I usually receive disapproving looks. I wonder what they’d think of my mom, who’d let my brother and I wander off into the toy aisle while she grocery shopped in peace, tasking us with the responsibility to catch up with her at the checkout line when she was finished. They’d likely call the cops on her today.
It seems that no matter what I do to give my kids more freedom, I’m stymied by other adults. I used to walk my little one into preschool, open the locked, coded door for him, then kiss him goodbye. It was then up to him to hang his coat, fish his folder out of his backpack, wash his hands and make his way into class.
That is, it was up to him until a couple of months ago when one of his teachers got upset after finding him “wandering the hallway alone” and asked that I escort him into class. “Otherwise,” she said, “we could get into trouble.”
And so my 5 year old had even that small bit of freedom yanked from him. I’m annoyed, but I don’t blame the preschool. Everyone is terrified of being sued.” keep reading…
Made it back safely after a wild three days hold up in a casino with some golf sprinkled in. Great time had by all but may have incurred some lasting damage due to a high volume of alcohol. Seems I’ll never learn.
One thing that I would like to mention. They had a Superbowl viewing party in a huge conference room at the casino with hundreds of people on hand to party hard and watch the big game. As the national anthem started everyone in the room stood up, removed their hats and listened to the anthem, not a peep out of all of those people until the flyover which people put their hands in the air and applauded or yelled. It’s times like these that remind me why America is the greatest country in the world, people of all types standing as one in honor and respect for country and flag……. got a little misty eyed as I looked around at the crowd, hats off, hands on their hearts, then hands in the air.by jeffli6 with 1 comment
We lost a family member last week and had a funeral Saturday, kind of kept us busy so I didn’t have a lot of time to post.
Things are slowly getting back to normal so I can get back on track.
I posted more information earlier but I have chosen to remove it due to the content on this blog I feel it’s a disrespect to the man who passed away.
by jeffli6 with 7 comments