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Saturday, July 30, 2011

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Reconnecting with friends

Last night I had the chance to meet an old high school friend, who I hadn’t seen in more than 25 years, at a local jazz club. It was such a pleasure to talk to him again, to hear about all the wonderful and amazing things he’s done in his life and to talk to someone who “knew me when…” To revisit memories, a lot of which I’d forgotten, had me blushing and laughing while shaking my head and wracking my brain.

I had that feeling that we sometimes get when we get a glimpse of what it would be like to be a child again. It’s the feeling of freedom and complete joy; to go to a place where the only problem was whether I had a boyfriend or not and if my mom would let me go out with friends. It’s a moment of true love – where there’s no judgment on your life and no expectations. It’s a freedom of just being. That’s what reconnecting with good, real friends has meant to me.

image I’ve been wondering why my path has been crossing with these people from my past. Not just any old folks, but people that I dearly and truly care about it. Those that I thought about often. There’s a lesson in this reconnection and although I haven’t figured it out yet, I am so willing and waiting to learn what it is. The girl in me wants my true love to be somewhere along this path, the writer in me wants my real inspiration to be sparked and the slow projects to pick up a true speed to completion, the woman in me wants there to be some dreams realized and some relief had, and then there is just me – the person – who only yearns to enjoy the moment and take one day at a time.

All of this has me rethinking my life and motivation. How some people have managed to push themselves to places and through situations to a real level of respectable success. In my humble opinion… And I’m so proud of them. I’m proud of their accomplishments, successes and to be able to know such a diverse and talented group of people. Their presence and lives are inspiring me, their smiles fuel me, their stories entertain me and their very essence supports me; unknowingly holding me up.

Can reconnection touch someone so deeply? Is it really that serious? It doesn’t have to be and it can be, but it’s all how you look at the experiences in your life. I have no expectations from these reconnections and whether they are for a season or a reason I am so ecstatic to have experienced them.

Tell me, what does reconnection mean to you?

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Back to school already?

A couple of weeks ago when I started seeing television advertisements for back-to-school supplies I was stunned. ‘Why are they advertising in July,’ I thought. Regardless of how much I deny it, the reality is school will be starting in a few short weeks and it’s time to let go of the lazy summer schedule of rising anywhere between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. during the week and leisurely arriving at summer camp; of letting the children stay up a little late on some nights; of allowing the alarm clock to gather dust and not worry about ironing school uniforms and clothes. There’s the ease of scheduling appointments around what I decide we’re doing instead of around the school schedule and homework load. There are no worries of carpooling or shuttling back for PTA meetings, teacher conferences, recitals, awards ceremonies, lunch dates, holiday events or book fairs. There isn’t the constant note or school memo about more money needed for a public school outing, t-shirt, yearbook or everything else in between. For this work-at-home mom, summer is my chance to laugh in the face of the 5:30 signal to rise and relish the quiet of the night until the wee hours of the morning.

Although working from home with children around can present a bit of a conundrum it isn’t any bigger of an interruption than during the school year especially since the two middle children are able to go to summer camp for most of the day right in our complex. And, although I complain, this summer schedule has been way easier on me than summers past.

If you’re like me you’re loosely planning your back-to-school attack of buying uniforms and sorting through last year’s wares and acquiring school supplies. You’ve reminded your younger students that school is coming soon and refreshing their brains with spelling words, math skills and reading comprehension. You’ve stared at your calendar to see if you can get in one more getaway and still manage to be organized for the beginning of the school year.

So, what’s left to do? Here are a few tried and true tips :

  1. Start getting your children back on their school night bedtime  schedules. If you’ve been letting your crew stay up later than normal then slowly get them back on schedule. By gradually getting them back on schedule you’ll have an easier time of getting them to bed on time and rising on time when it’s finally time for the performance.
  2. Make a list of school supplies and clothing need. Keep your eyes open for sales. Today I was almost tempted to get composition notebooks for about $1 each, I’m glad I didn’t because in one of today’s sales papers a local store was selling them for $1 for three.
  3. Write your shopping days on your calendar. There’s nothing worse than saying you’ll do something the next day and a week later realizing it was never done. Scheduling your school shopping day helps reduce last-minute, stressful jaunts to the store.

What fail-safe tips do you have for ensuring the beginning of the school year is successful?

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