Cheap Therapy

One of the reasons I was on a "sabbatical" was that I thought I was spending too much time in the blogosphere.  Well, blogging is therapeutic for me and I can’t beat the price so I am back.
 
The Boy turns seventeen this Monday.  My baby!  The song Sunrise, Sunset tells the heart of a parent.  Himself and I miss the little boy he was.   Having Isabella around helps somewhat but it is just not the same.  I miss my children as they were.  If you have young children at home take alot of mental snapshots.  Keep a journal for each of them with stories of things they do or say.  You think you will remember everything but you won’t.
 
Now the good news:  Grandchildren!  My sister always used to say that she had children so that she would have grandchildren.  I don’t think she feels that way any more but I took up her mantra and agree that it is worth raising our children to be able to reap the benefits of grands.  No matter how sad or depressed I feel, Isabella can get me to smile.  I realized the other day that I had lost my smile.  Bells noticed.  She lost hers, too.  Talk about power!  I would do anything for this precious child.  Therefore, I smiled.  She smiled back.  
 
be well, g 

14 responses to “Cheap Therapy

  1. Hey Gail.. Yep I agree. It is theraputic to blog. Happy Birthday to the boy!! And I’m sure you hear this all the time but Wowsers!! What a handsome little bugger he is! I’m sure the girls are all over him.. Be BlessedSusan (since msn seems to have given me the no name today)

  2. hey, it’s no name, how r yaand yes it’s so sad what happened in NY, but they say it’s just an accident, let’s hope thats true, cause 9/11 is still ringin in our ears so as to have it againblessings♥ ya

  3. I hear that about kids ~smiles~.  Sometimes I get so rapped up in myself, my pain and all the crap I go through that I forget them ~sighs~.  Then the guilt gets to me and I snap out of it.  But I look back and it was just yesterday that they where 2 instead of 13 ~chuckles~.
     
    I loved the title “Cheap Therapy” and that is what I tell everyone.  I just throw myself out there and speak about my feelings, crazy neurosis, etc.  whatever ~chuckles~.  It gets it out of my head and I can go through my day with a cleansed mind ~smiles~.  If I don’t blog or keep a journal/diary for a few days I start feeling it ~chuckles~.  So here, here to cheap therapy ~smiles~
     
    Love,
    Adam

  4. great to know you are smiling again Gail !
    our little people do reflect us ,and smiling is good for us too 🙂
     
    *love and blessings*
    sandra

  5. Hi, g- missed "seeing" you around! Happy B-day to the Boy & condolences to the Mom- we’ve started the count down to Sam’s 16th & Jessica’s 21st (both in Feb) When exactly did I get old enough to have children this age- I mean, I’m only 20 myself (in my head)!

  6. A thought for you:
    Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.  ~1Peter 4:12-13 (Niv)
    Tthat was the vers of the day from myspace this morning.  Thought maybe it might be appropriate.  I know I wrote it down and posted it right over my computer screen.
     
    And you are right, we DID spend a small fortune this weekend, and that baby girl is not even here yet!!!
     
    Happy b-day to your son!
     
    ~Ronna

  7. Hey Gail, so nice to know you’re back. Me and my brother’s singing group were practicing yesterday (me pianist) and we sang this song "His Strength is Perfect..when our strength is gone, He’ll carry us when we can’t carry on… Raised in His power, the weak become Strong..HIs strength is Perfect..His strength is Perfect." It ministered to me, and hope it will to you. Take good care and blessings! God bless!
    *hugs*
    p.s I’m down now, not emotioanlly, but with food poisoning..*aaargghhhh*….will go hit the bed. Take care!

  8. From children to teens to young adults is just a new thing to embrace – if you will.  Take lots of mental snapshots of the things you may be missing NOW.  You invested your heart and life into pouring into your children when they were small and sweet.  Now it’s time to reap the benefits – and not just from the children they have or will have.  Open your eyes and ears.  You’ll be richer for it.
     
    I love you!
     
    Carol 🙂

  9.  
    I’m sorry you had the icks, Gail, but glad you’re back at it. Sometimes, life is just…hard, isn’t it?
     
    Son = dreamy. And you know? While I’m always waaaaay happier hearing that my sons are "nice" or "smart" or "good kids," it really is nice to hear that they’re fun to look at, too. Unfortunately, our world is such that often, success begins with looks.
     
    Lutefisk is a foul, hateful Scandanivian "delicacy" or "tradition," wherein crazed individuals take what was probably a nice, harmless piece of whitefish, then boil it in LYE, rinse it, then boil it some more in other vile, vile substances.
     
    It smells bad, and has the consistency of…I don’t know. It almost defies description. You don’t have to actually chew it; it’s more like a raw oyster or something equally icky that has a slippery, rubbery texture.
     
    But it’s big doin’s around here, and people (mainly fossils) flock to whatever church or American Legion hall is hosting the latest lutefisk "feed."
     
    I’m actually going to google it and see what other irrelevant crap I forgot to add. I’ll be back, if the need arises.
     

  10. It is sad to see them grow and lose that wonderful innocence of childhood, but at the same time, to watch them become adults and step out on their own is such a blessing!
     
    -cindy

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