Well, I just celebrated my 49th birthday on 11/25. Two of my sons, Kevin and Brian went with me to the club and it was great! We had a party and such. Now for the wilder part of the day. I opened a present the my son and his girlfriend gave to me. I thought it was a gag because it was a pregnancy test! Kevin said, “Mom…Just read it man!” I looked at it and it said “positive”. I looked at him and his girlfriend and they told me that I am going to be a grandmother.
I think it’s not really overwhelming me yet, but it is overwhelming my son, Kevin. He’s still taking in the “I’m going to be a dad.” bit. I admit this inspires me to work on clearly defining, organizing my goals and moving forward with plans at a better pace than what I have been.
I do know this much, this woman will never be a “rocking chair grannie“. I’m too head strong for that. I know this much, I am the last person a school wants to encounter if I am the alternate person to pick up my grandchild from school, or the one who is on the list to help care for the child and I end up having to deal with some administrator who says that bullying is just something kids have to deal with and they should get used to it.
Schools are not prisons. To me that is the same thing as when an officer in a prison tells an offender who has been assaulted, “Well, you shouldn’t have come to prison.” Well excuse me but public schools are the only institutions that are MANDATORY for anyone who has never broken a law–e.g: OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN, so that is the LAST comment any teacher or administrator had better make in my presence.
If the system wants to treat these children like little offenders (which is what this amounts to) then they should be held accountable for deliberate indifference when a child gets assaulted and/or killed on school property if it can be shown that there was an ongoing problem and it was NOT addressed effectively. IF the legal departments are the ones creating the problem by tying the administrators hands and threatening to not represent them if THEY don’t agree with discipline methods–then the district should be able to fire them and hire independent attorneys.
The same holds true if the bullied child commits suicide and the school KNEW there was a problem and failed to act. If they are held liable for not reporting child abuse/neglect, then they should be held to the same standard when they allow children to be terrorized on their own territory. They may be part of the government machine–but they should not be above the law by any standard.
See what is happening here? My grandson or granddaughter is not even on the planet yet and I am already concerned for the future of that child. At least I’ll get some days where I can color and teach him/her how to do a dream board. I know that when I’m around, I’ll shelter that child from as much as I can and so will Kevin and his beautiful girlfriend, Daphne…She is one tough mama and she will not fail to protect her young!
Now I think it is time that she and my son get pics of themselves together with her other 3 kids…For one, they call me grandma anyway and for two, they are part of this family. THAT’S what they should do–GET FAMILY PICTURES!
I am also starting to do some more soul-searching again…It’s almost like the same thing I did when I was having Eric (my oldest son) who was born on my 20th birthday…I guess this means I need to take a considerably less “charged” tone with my blogs too. However, it will be very, very difficult when talking about bullying because I am so vehemently passionate about it.
However, pursuing one’s dreams is very important also. I want to impart to this grandchild that only he or she can choose the greatest path for himself/herself in life but it is important to make decisions one can live with and sleep with at night because nobody will walk in those shoes but him or her.
If there is one lesson I have learned in my life, it is that it is one thing to put your dreams on hold–but another to let them die. Nobody should ever to the latter because that is when that word called “regret” haunts one until the end of their days because they always wonder what might have been. I really believe now that I can have my dream. I won’t share what that dream is here, but I know it will one day come true.
I will also be giving that book “The Alchemist” to Daphne’s oldest son, “Jabez” when he gets older. I think that will open that boy’s eyes to a lot of things. The Universe has really blessed me, but I’ve got $10 in my pocket that says I am one of the few that has learned to be content with what I now have for the simple fact that I definitely know that a good change is coming. I can feel it and it will be good for me when it comes. I also think that this is true for some friends of mine and I am usually not wrong when I feel it this strongly. 2012 is going to be a great year for a few of my friends! I feel it!
Take care and have a great week! This was one Thanksgiving Holiday for which I am expressing a lot more gratitude to the Universe!