Last night we took the kids to a “back to school” swim party. It was supposed to be in August, but because of weather it was rescheduled for last night. And today? Well, today I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. My head is still swimming, my nose is stuffy, and I feel a little stiff.
The pool had a huge slide. All of the kids went down and thought it was the best thing ever! Then, the lifeguard shift changed.
When Abbey made it to the top, the new lifeguard, who is obviously more of a rule-keeper than the other lifeguards, sent my precious little angel back to her mother.
We played around the other parts of the pool, like the lazy river, all the bubbling and fountain things, but Abbey really wanted to ride the slide again. She burst into tears when she noticed her siblings sliding and cheering.
So I suggested, “Hey, maybe they’ll let me ride it with you.”
“Grown-ups aren’t allowed,” she sobbed.
Apparently, a grown-up isn’t allowed to have that much fun.
“Let’s just go up there and see what happens, OK?”
My child started giggling immediately and ran for the stairs. To her delight, we were not turned away.
The slide wore me out: up the stairs, down the slide, hold on to Abbey, hold Abbey up so I don’t drown her when we hit the water, climb out of the pool, up the stairs, down the slide…You get it.
“Look, Abbey, the water in the lazy river is moving fast. Let’s get a tube and ride around it again.”
She wouldn’t have it. And I’m still feeling the slide this morning.
For this meme the rules are simple:
1. Write about 5 specific ways blogging has affected you, either positively or negatively.
2. link back to the person who tagged you
3. link back to this parent post
4. tag a few friends or five, or none at all
5. post these rules— or just have fun breaking them
Five specific ways blogging has affected me:
1. The best thing is that I have friends who I wouldn’t know otherwise. Blogging has introduced me to several kindred spirits. We email frequently and talk on the phone. I’ve been privileged to meet a few of them.
2. Blogging has made me more aware of what other women are going through. I mostly keep up with wives and mothers, some who home school and some who do not. We all write about our struggles to some degree. I appreciate the sense of community that blogging provides. I wish blogging (as we know it today) had been around 8 or 9 years ago when I was pregnant with our first. Those days with little ones were full, but they were lonely sometimes, too.
3. Obviously, blogging takes time. I’m more disciplined about it now (I think). I really try to limit the time I spend blogging during the day. I enjoy that time we spend “doing school,” so I don’t think about blogging too much. And I try to schedule it for when we’re done with lessons. I know how blogging and writing and just clicking through my favorite blogs and commenting can really eat up an hour or four.
4. Blogging provides great writing practice. I appreciate the instant gratification of clicking “publish” and the feedback I receive from readers.
5. Blogging about whatever I’m thinking forces me to think carefully through everything I write. Before I publish the more important posts, I analyze and scrutinize my own opinions and beliefs. Does this make sense? Is this logical? Is this true? Usually, if I publish it, then I’ve come to the point where I can own whatever it is. I consider my audience. Is this going to help? Is this going to hurt? Is this true? Does this really need to be “out there?” I consider different wording. Is there a better way to say this? Is this clear? Those are all good habits.
If you read through my archives, then you’ll read a lot of posts that were written in haste, without thought, some hurt, some help, and some are ridiculous. I have deleted some. I’ve edited some. Most I am keeping as reminders. I hope I’ve improved since I started in 2006.
6. Blogging has forced me to learn a little about computers and coding. I know just enough to be dangerous. I used to never pay attention to my husband when he talked tech. Now we can have conversations and sometimes I understand what he’s saying.
If you’d like to do this meme, then consider yourself tagged!