ARGH and it is said with absolute love in my heart. My wonderful son has been needing some help in his English studies with writing. So like any good parent I have stepped up to the plate to help my child in his time of need. This does not mean I am going to have sanity when it is all done. But I have chosen to install word onto his computer as well as Grammarly. While doing this I ham having to teach my child the finer points of using a PC instead of his Ipad.
While for most this might seem a normal day to day event. It is not that way for the current generation of students as they are working with Ipads. Which is still trying to catch up with the business world. Then we have the fun of explaining the use of the Oxford Comma and how to use it correctly. Followed by the advanced steps of referencing while still making it easy to work with.
Then somewhere out of the blue my wonderful son looks at me with the kindest of eyes and asks “Is this what you do when writing your books”. So in a look of utter disbelief at the question I had to open one of my drafts to a book I am working on. Knowing I am Dyslexic and it challenges my writing skills all the time. As the word document opens I am faced with looking at the Grammarly error count rise and rise. My wonderful looks at me as it starts to sink in that we all have challenges in writing and errors happen. So we got back to work on his assignment and creating an argument on why cats are better than dogs. But my young son does not fully grasp the concept of a written one sided argument. So I had to then teach him about writing a debate and his side of it as I created my side of it.
We worked for about an hour so now it is a time to give him a break and rest a bit. We have a couple of days to work on this assignment. So we will do some more later on it. I do love working with my kids on their homework and I am also trying to teach him touch typing at the same time. Now that is fun……
I am always amazed at what the universe like to throw my way. Last week from the actions of others I chose to change back to a choice that was made 3 years ago and all agreed. As my daughter and I were talking it over while enjoying our choice for dinner and driving home I blew the two front tires on my car as we went over the railroad tracks. This is not the change…
About six months ago I told my heart and the universe that we needed to look at lowering our carbon footprint. I know this was going top need some changes on our part. We live very close to town and buses run here all the time. So I was thinking of getting a smaller car that uses less petrol. But I was also thinking that we needed to learn about buses. (This was not the change)
As we drove home with the blown tires. I was very ill knowing how much I was in for on the cost of replacing the tires. Which sits about $700 dollars. I am not rich and I scratch and claw for every dollar I have.
But in wishing the universe heard my thoughts. As I was looking at a smaller car… One that would use less petrol and be kinder to my budget as I was using close to $60 a week in petrol. The idea of a town car that used less was very appealing. I started to look at the new MG. Which was very appealing with all that it has and the amount of petrol that it uses. Thus lowering my usage. But the plans of the universe and you do not always walk hand in hand. So there is not a way to always be ready for these changes. Little did I know that the changes were going to be thrust upon us.
There was more damage done than just blown tires and the cost of talking to the insurance is not worth the hassle of trying to see if the damage would be covered. As it was motor related and I am not sure if it can be linked. Since I cannot with good faith say that they were. So in that issue I have made the choice to walk away from my car and look at riding the Metro Bus which I am not to crazy about. As the time that will be wasted is not very favorable. But the big picture is that it creates to solutions with one problem that might turn out to be a blessing. So here we are looking at changes that the universe feels we need to do. But at the same time we are saving about $200 a month in keeping up the car by using the buses.
I am not fully sure about the carbon footprint issues linked to car vs buses as we are driving longer distances and time in a vehicle. But then again right now there are savings, hmm. But I want to leave the world better for my children and if this is what needs to be done the pain vs the gain will be worth it.
I really did not want to bring into the blog stuff from the podcast keeping a separation of the formats was something I wanted to do. But on Saturday I am going to post a podcast about Parent Alienation and the impacts of those actions.
A lot of divorced or separated parents have to deal with this subject and I think it needs to be dragged into the light. The only way parents can grow to be exceptional parents is to learn where we are failing and how to improve. I also think that until we remove ourselves from petty issues such as hate for the other parents we are trapped in our own nightmares. I hope that you will find the time and join me in this Podcast.