Told you so : wildly inconsistent.
Bad blogger, bad.
What can I say? I have a six-year-old whose schedule is more demanding than a CEO's. After a full day of school, my K-er has soccer on Mondays, Chinese on Tuesdays, ballet on Wednesdays, violin on Thursdays, Daisy scouts on Fridays, swimming and gymnastics on Saturday and Sunday school and Otter scouting on Sunday.
It's by design, and a way to sort out what she likes and what she doesn't like. Activities over which she has no choice -- sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter. For her, that consists of watching Gilligan's Island reruns in the cabin and falling and screaming on the tiny slope repeatedly, respectively.
I have been told I am a helicopter mom and deservedly so. But when you have just one, why shouldn't she be on my radar at all moments? I am trying to focus less on her and more on me but it's not as easy as it seems. She is just so damn needy, and I am not.
I just talked to someone whose iPhone was inadverdently set up to track her teenaged son's constant whereabouts -- but who hasn't bothered to turn it off. I will pray for her, and remind myself to ask her how I can turn on that switch so I am ready when the day comes that Imy SUV is not the target.
I am a writer, at least on paper these days. I earned my BA and MS in Journalism (how is that possible) at Columbia and spent 25 years in high-tech journalism. Now I am trying to get away from the inverted pyramid and try my hand at actually writing.
How am I doing this? No, I am not struggling in front of a digital canvas for a few hours a day like a normal writer. Rather, I am listening to CDs about Sentence Construction from the Great Courses line, reading titles like "Word Painting" and "Tools for Writing," and obsessing over meal planning.
Because the art of writing is amazingly complex and draining, I will once again procrastinate and instead fill the hole with my random thoughts on this gorgeous fall day:
1. Why can't someone in the NRA just take Assad out? Why does the NRA only appear in public after a massacre of innocents? I mean, really. If we're going to be a gun-totin' society, may as well enjoy some benefit. Last time I looked out my window, I didn't see U.S. government Jeeps coming to steal my freedom.
2. Why are we so stimulated by the possibilities of Bigfoot, Great White Sharks and aliens but so bored by climate change and the depleted-but-healing ozone layer? I mean, which Shakespearean play speaks to this aspect of human nature?
3. Why does it feel so much easier to text than to call another human being? Am I afraid they may ask something of me? Am I worried that they will suck up too much of my time block for the day? Yes. I am sorry, but I am always in a hurry. My goals are simple -- to give my daughter and family the best possible existence, cook healthy meals, write something to justify my career choice, and watch the game -- whichever one that may be.
Fortunately, I will be watching the Red Sox, Patriots and Bruins over the next month and loving every moment.
4. Why are Bostonians such sports freaks? I mean, is it the only unifying factor in our city besides traffic, avoiding eye contact and guilt over 911?
5. Does anyone care who will become the next mayor of Boston? The real questions: why are Tom Menino and Police Commissioner Ed Davis really leaving?