Have you read Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher or watched the new series on Netflix?
I had not heard of either until a few weeks ago, when my 16-year-old told me she was going to start watching the new series. Like any curious parent, I looked it up and then informed her that I thought it would be a little too much for her. She was quite angry about it, because drugs, bullying, and sex were all at her school anyway. ‘All of her friends had watched it already’ and ‘their parents let them.’ I won’t even bother to get into my thoughts right now on the whole ‘letting my kids do something because someone else’s parents let them’ bullshit. I don’t buy it. However, I was surprised to hear this was all going on at her school already.
The kicker of the whole situation occurred a few days later when my 13-year-old presented almost the exact same conversation to me about wanting to watch the show as well. This completely blew me away. How in the world are these things already happening in Middle School? Why is this show almost like a ‘fad’ amongst the teenagers? I really don’t understand it at all. There was no way his eyes needed to see this or be a part of any situation regarding a heavy topic like suicide, and I certainly wouldn’t want to put ideas into either of my kid’s heads for that matter. Of course, he got an even firmer NO.
Then I found out that the kids at his school were showing clips from it on their phones, and he had officially seen episode #13 which was the finale – the life ending one. Seriously? We try so damn hard to protect our kids from the evils of social media, but no matter how diligent we are, unfortunately, other parents aren’t. Then we’re forced to face situations like this that we try to avoid head on. So, we decided we would watch it together as a family. At least this way, we could openly discuss these difficult topics that apparently were impacting the kids in one way or another and make sure we were all on the same page with it.
2016 was a year of SO many changes in my life… pretty overwhelming to say the least. It wasn’t necessarily a bad year though. We are all healthy and very blessed, and I try to remind myself of that at every turn and kink in the road. There were a lot of accomplishments made and courage found throughout the year which rewarded me with getting to know many new and wonderful people. That was a pretty big deal to me.
I also had the opportunity to go on a lot of fun family adventures, and although we are a bit like the Griswolds, I still LOVE to travel. New York and Mexico, made for amazing getaways from all of the rigamarole!
So this year has definitely been a little different around our usually festive home. I have always loved to decorate the house for Christmas and courageously bring on the holiday season with love and joy. This year has hit me like a total brick to the face. Now that we have transitioned into parents of teenagers, it seems as if EVERYTHING has changed. These young adults that I am living with aren’t the little cherubs that I once knew them to be. Excitement, enthusiasm, and participation have all packed their bags and left the building leaving me with a useless bunch of Bah Humbugs. Seriously, it’s like no one in this house cares this year, and unfortunately it has completely rubbed off on me and left me unusually quiet sitting in this seasonal slump…
The temperature is finally dropping today here in Texas from the upper 80’s to supposedly freezing temperatures tonight! Since it’s finally feeling like Fall and the holidays are quickly approaching, I am celebrating by giving away one of my favorite things- a FREE Bookworm Box featuring 2 surprise autographed books from popular romance authors and lots of fun swag!
To ENTER go to my Facebook Page and follow the instructions on the GIVEAWAY Post. I made it easy and really just wanted to share something fun with you (plus some great books to read or gift for the Christmas holiday!).
Winner will be chosen on Monday November 21st, contacted on Tuesday November 22nd, and box will ship within 2 weeks. I am solely responsible for this GIVEAWAY and anyone/anything besides me is not affiliated in any way. The Giveaway is open to U.S. Residents only (sorry!) For more information on The Bookworm Box and my review, please click here .
Wife. Mother.Activity Juggler… You knew there was more to me right?
Almost a year ago when I started this blog, that is all that I was willing to share about myself with you. Anonymous is safe. I can be myself without judgement. I’m not sure that anyone really ‘sees’ me in cyberspace, but the whole idea of my friends or extended family seeing the real me is mortifying. I feel like I am working so hard to reach others, yet I am working even harder to keep it separate from anyone I personally know. My following is very small and slowly growing, and I am working with patience.
Now that my confidence is growing a bit, I think it’s time to open up anyway and share a little more about me…I am quite the conundrum…
So, the week started off in quite the shocking way (see pic above). Literally, first thing Monday morning at 7:00 AM. For the record, I DO NOT recommend getting necklaces and flat irons next to an outlet! Anyway, I guess I should be thankful there were no injuries involved, but the outlook seemed a little ominous for the week ahead… Continue reading →
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The point at which I realized my indubitable worth was the moment my back grazed the wall opposite a firing squad. My mind raced with an anomalous swiftness that only NASCAR fanatics would understand; my heart screeched at every chirp of the shifting sub-machine guns, as they waited impatiently in my adversaries’ cracked palms; and my 140 pounds of confused, beaten shame were crumpled pieces before the general even shouted his dooming commands. But they weren’t the last ones I ever heard—I made it through that Burgess-like “flip dark chill winter bastard” of a night. Now I’ve shared my story online to all of you, fashioning a formidable following in the process, and it’s time to shout MY (blogging) commands. Read everything in bold for a short lesson; read it all for a long lesson, fused with pungent attempts at humor, sincerity, and experience.