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Elizabeth Evans
Glenmoore, PA
Au Contraire writer, pastor, mother and seeker
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"Mom, I'm going to rot my brain" my son says to me, as he settles down at the computer to play a game of Virtual Villagers or takes his Ipod out to watch a video or text a school buddy.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2010 at Philly Moms
Hopefully fishing along the Gulf Coast and the East Coast won't be eradicated by the oil. The culture of corruption fueled at the Department of the Interior is enough to make you sick -- drugs, sex, embezzlement. But if we don't start raising our voices, if we don't start making some sacrifices for the future of our kids, the big businesses and government may go on being asleep at the switch. This isn't solely about what our government does or doesn't do -- this is about how we choose to live.
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As an older mom myself, I wanted to applaud what you said about having kids later not being a deliberate choice you made as a self-obssesed career mom. So often, our choices are not totally in our hands. We like to think they are because it makes us feel safer, but they aren't. And you adjusted yourself to reality and made some great choices along the way. I didn't have my first until I was 40, having gotten married at 37 -- but I thank God every day that I had the chance to have children at all -- and these particular ones!
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Hi, Mara -- Can I ask whatkind of church you attend? To: bellettreliz@hotmail.com
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Boy, Mott, you just nailed a few pathologies of our modern life. The loss of community ties due to expanded 'opportunities' to do other things. And the fact that technology has invaded some of our most intimate social connections. But the old conventions apply -- don't talk to a single dad, it would be scandalous! Ick. Thanks for the great post.
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You need to know, Michelle, that a lot of us will feel, to some extent or another, the same anxiety. I'm used to being in the public eye, but I'm an introvert, and I still get butterflies. Also, time away now and then isn't just good for you. It's good for your husband and the kids -- they need to know they can survive without you. For three days. ;-)
Toggle Commented May 6, 2010 on Two Words: Blog Her at Philly Moms
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I don't like bugs, but I am the designated disposer (take them to the curb, or the deck) so I force myself. But I do think that stinkbugs carapaces look like ancient heraldic armor. My kids don't care, however. I have a friend whose nickname for her husband is "Buggy." Kids? OK. But HUSBANDS? ....however, she's my friend, and...
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I have a feeling that this won't be a popular comment, but down the line, you might consider either adopting or fostering, if your circumstances change. I married and had my kids later in life, and feel incredibly blessed with two. But I sometimes think that when they are in college or leading their own lives, I might take in a foster child. But then, I'm also at the age when I'm thinking about how to "give back." And looking down the road to grandchildren...they better!!!
Toggle Commented Apr 17, 2010 on My Magic Number is Two at Chicago Moms Blog
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I'm with Tristanrobin on this, Sabrina. I find myself wondering how Obama sees his own heritage. And how your daughter will see hers. I wonder about my kids, who know little about their own Jewish roots -- not because I don't tell, but because they don't often ask and aren't exposed to the rituals of Jewish life and faith. And I would add that the sooner those "Anglos" (I assume you used the word deliberately) of which you speak realize that they aren't exactly "white bread" the better off we will all be.
Toggle Commented Apr 7, 2010 on How do I count? at Philly Moms
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So does anyone else see this kind of incivility in other parts of our society? Or am I a grump? (grin)
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Just wait until they get to be teenagers and ask you when you had your first kiss...or more. ;-)
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Knowing you from your posts, I'm sure you consulted your daughter. But I agree with Kat -- its important to talk to her. No decision is without loss -- but it sounds like the gain is greater. And for better or for worse, divorce (like a lot of other things in like) often makes us vagrants. Gypsies. Pilgrims. Seekers ;-)
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So much depends on the teacher. In my experience, my daughter, now almost 15, has been expected to be more 'responsible' in remembering assignments, bringing home books, and bringing in the paper when it's done -- if you have a teacher who "gets" that every kid is different, they will work with you. It sounds like you've done pretty well with the teachers you've run into so far. And when he's a bit older, encourage him to find his passion... even if it's playing electric guitar!
Toggle Commented Mar 10, 2010 on May I Have Your Attention Please? at Philly Moms
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