Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
My empty nest is full for the moment so it's funny that now I have the time to blog. Both boys are done exams. Computer Dude will be starting his work term in January and Engineering Guy will be heading back to school to finish off his first year.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
We miss Zeus. Nothing will replace him in our hearts but we decided that for our sanity (and for Mindy's) we (well I) needed another doggie to love on.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Things have settled down a bit around the empty nest. After dropping both boys off at school Engineering dad and I left on a vacation. We figured we'd earned one after helping two kids navigate successfully through the school system. We had a lovely week sailing. Most nights we had anchorages to ourselves. It was very relaxing.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Monday, September 1, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Take My Son By The Hand
My son starts school tomorrow.
It’s all going to be strand and new to him for awhile and I wish you would sort of treat him gently.
You see, up to now, he’s been king of the roost.
He’s been boss of the backyard. I have always been around to repair his wounds, and I’ve always been handy to soothe his feelings.
But now.....things are going to be different.
This morning he is going to walk down the front steps, wave his hand, and start on his great adventure that will include wars and tragedy and sorrow.
To live his life in the world he has to live in, will require faith and love and courage.
So, teacher, I wish you would sort of take him by his young hand and teach him the things he will have to know.
Teach him... but gently - if you can. He will have to learn, I know, that not all men are just, that not all men are true.
Teach him that for every scoundrel, there is a hero, that afor every crooked politician there is a dedicated leader.
Teach him that for every enemy there is a friend.
Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest to lick.
Teach him the wonders of books. Give him his quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, and flowers on a green hill.
Teach him that it is far more honourable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong.
Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone else is getting on the bandwagon. Tech him to listen to all men, but to filter all he hears on a screen of truth and to take only the good that comes through.
Teach him to sell his brawn and brains to the highest bidder but never to put a price tag on his heart and soul.
Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob, and to stand and fight if he thinks it’s right.
Teach him gently but don’t coddle him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel.
This is a big order, teacher, but see what you can do. He’s such a nice little fellow, my son.
Computer guy was lucky to have teachers who did teach these things. He's such a fine young man - and I'll miss him.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Engineering guy finally got his room assignment yesterday. I guess I won't have to buy a him a shopping cart and a box of garbage bags to hold all of his worldy possessions. Unlike Computer dude, he will be living in a traditional dorm so it seems that he doesn't need a lot. Still, we have a little pile of stuff which I'm sure will grow in the next month.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Well engineering guy is officially no longer a high school student. His last exam was Tuesday and prom was Thursday. Two months from today we will have moved him into his university residence. When computer dude went off last fall I already had started collecting "stuff" for him. I haven't got one thing for engineering guy. Denial I guess. To be fair though he is going to live in a traditional residence (the dude lived in a townhouse style residence) so he won't need much "stuff". Unlike his brother he doesn't mind shopping (if it's for him) so he doesn't even want me picking out his bedding (I'm sure the fact that I threatened a Toronto Maple Leaf or John Deere comforter has no bearing on that)!