It's time for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop. Check out all the great responses to this week's prompts. I chose two prompts today (appearing below, in bold).
Why am I burned out?
- The Boy is still having major problems at school. He had asked me not to write about them, but recanted his request the other day. I suppose I'll unload it all in a post pretty soon.
- The Boy's autism symptoms mean that he requires almost constant supervision. It's hard parenting a 15 year-old toddler. I'm tired of arguing with him about school, about his attitude, about chores, about how much food he eats. I'd like a day off...or two. Better yet, why can't he just do what I ask - it's not like I require him to do dangerous and painful things.
- Where the heck is my full-time job? It's been over THREE years! Come on, economy, I'm tired of job searching and submitting and occasional resume, and hearing nothing.
- Luckily, The Mister has a job for a little while. I'm so tired of being afraid to spend money. I rarely leave the house anymore, I don't want to waste gas. I don't buy groceries or shop (The Mister does the shopping), because I hate feeling that I shouldn't buy something I want.
- I freaking HATE housework. But I also hate the mess and clutter that I've let accumulate.
- I miss my family. I miss the grandkids in FL - I miss not having a close relationship with them. I fear we will be polite strangers as they grow up.
- I don't really like where we live. In general, I feel stuck. It sucks.
Write a poem about a time someone made you smile.
My sweet baby, in my arms
Shannon, oh, I had so much to learn about you!
We began my journey of motherhood that day
I smiled a proud smile
Erin took off down the street, hair blowing in the breeze
Training wheels left at the curb
That sense of freedom, her world expanding
I smiled a knowing smile
The Boy, one of a kind
Never afraid to push past the limits
Sometimes, his challenges forgotten in a moment of success
I smiled a bittersweet smile
Years go by, life goes on
I look at them now, two complete, one still growing
So much has happened, so many memories, with more to come
I smile a mother's smile