I’ve often been asked to write down my experiences while raising my five children. One of the best compliments I ever received was from a high school friend who commented to another friend that my family likes to be together. That comment brings tears to my eyes because I have fought long and hard, striving for that goal.
I made a lot of choices that are not typical starting with homeschooling the children for their elementary years. Before you start calling me a saint or any other glowing term, I want to dispel any illusions that I am in anyway more patient, kind or sympathetic than the average woman. I’m not. I’m also not organic; I don’t wear jumpers (add silent scream here) and I don’t bake bread. Even though I live in the Midwest, I was raised in California, and I don’t have an accent. I like fashion, laying in the sun, and eating in restaurants. My children’s pants cover their ankles.
I wanted my children to see, learn and experience life first hand so that they would be well-rounded, open-minded, clear-thinking, interesting adults. I also get bored easily so I’ve done a lot of things and gone a lot of places with my children in tow. The kids are mostly grown now. I have a college graduate, a college senior, a college sophomore and two high school students. People seem to like them at least that’s what they tell me.
“Take a shower” will be a series of life experiences and lessons I learned while nurturing/molding/prodding/dragging my often kicking and screaming little people into adulthood. Why “Take a Shower” you ask? If you ask my kids what is my first response for almost any problem they will say, “Take a shower!” I still think it’s excellent advice. Think about it – a shower makes almost anything better. It gives you a new perspective; time to think; it clears your sinuses; cleans your wounds; removes unwanted debris…so many things with such a simple act.
So my first series will be the “Our Nation’s Capital” Fasten your seat belts…