Wednesday, December 31, 2008
We chose not to go out for New Year’s Eve, staying home with the kids and babysitting the adorable Aidan so that his parents can have a night on the town. We have some yummy food, the Wii that the kids got for Christmas, and other things to keep us entertained. Speaking of the Wii, I’ve had quite the fun playing some of the games, especially “Aerosmith Guitar Hero”. Frustrated rock star and all that you know! I probably don’t want to know how many times I’ve played “Dream On”, trying to get it just right.
I was thinking about the many things I’ve done on previous New Year’s Eves. For some reason my mind drifts back to a party my parents held on this date when I was probably around eleven years old. They had a houseful of friends, most of them from church, and had a sumptuous buffet going. The kids were relegated to being upstairs, although we occasionally darted down the stairs just to see what was going on.
My dad tried to make sure we didn’t miss out on everything. About once an hour he would come upstairs with a couple of plates full of food and fresh drinks, play with us for awhile, and then go back downstairs and rejoin the party. My younger brothers eventually conked out and my dad came up and said, “come on down for awhile. You’ll want to see this!” A knock came at the front door and a disheveled man was standing there in dirty, tattered clothes, a bottle of whiskey in his hand. He stumbled into the house and with grimy hands and face began going around and greeting the rather astonished guests. I knew instantly of course that the drunken bum was none other than my grandfather. He and my parents had cooked up this little stunt as a prank on the guests. My grampy certainly did his part, relishing the role that he was playing. He was such a card, such a jokester and prankster and this was right up his alley. He walked over to a rather stunned looking woman and slurred, “can I have a bite of your food?” When she didn’t reply he just grabbed a handful and stuffed it in his mouth. Eventually the gig was up, he went to the bathroom and cleaned up to come out and join the party.
Midnight struck and a small man dressed in robes and a white beard ran through the house being chased by a rather large man dressed only in a rather large diaper. Out with the old and in with the new! There wasn’t any booze at this party but it certainly had some entertainment value!
I went to bed laughing.
A new year always seems to offer new possibilities and new hope. I hope everyone enjoys this evening and finds what they are looking for in 2009!
Happy New Year!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Its midweek and my car was covered with a layer of ice yesterday. Winter is here. Brrrrr!
I am late getting my Christmas shopping done this year. I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do, but just haven’t had the time to make it happen.
There is a fine line between getting nice gifts for your kids and being overindulgent. My kids are doing quite well, have most of the techy things today’s kids crave and lack for very little. I work with kids each day who are just lucky to have a roof over their head.
It is all a matter of perspective, isn’t it?
I could write about the commercialization of Christmas and it would all be true. However, I’ve been as guilty as anyone. It’s a yearly dilemma!
This story caught my attention because it is an emerging trend in high school administration. The growth of cell phone use, digital cameras, and the internet has been a blessing in so many ways, but has unleashed a host of problems.
Many fights that happen at school come as a result of things that happen online. Someone posts a derogatory MySpace comment and boom…they are fighting each other the next day! Someone threatens someone on MySpace, uses a racial or ethnic slur, or brags about an illegal act. Someone else posts a video on YouTube of a fight or some other incident. I didn’t know I’d have to be an online sleuth as part of the job!
Naked pics sent around on cell phones? Been there, dealt with that. It’s a problem and becoming more of one. The law doesn’t keep up with the technology and this is a perfect example of that. If a kid sends a nude picture of another kid is he/she transmitting child porn? Who should be prosecuted if anyone? What should be done?
By the time it is all sorted out there will be something else we haven’t even thought of yet.
In the linked story above the girls whose pics were being sent around were punished but not the guys who were sending them. I see a problem there. The girls were wrong to take the pics and then to share them. They were also not very smart to believe those pictures wouldn't be shared with others. The guys were wrong for zipping them around school to other people's phones.
Patrick is driving me crazy wanting to take his money and do Christmas shopping. He likes being able to take money he earned and buy gifts.
He could always buy us a new couch to replace the one he has messed up by flopping on it so many times! Any titanium couches out there?
Of course, he isn't the best at keeping secrets. Two examples: "Dad, we got you a gift. I can't tell you what they are, but they are warm and fuzzy and you wear them on your feet" "Terri, I won't tell you what I got you but you have to light them and they smell really good!"
So how is YOUR week going?