September 23, 2009

Your Assignment, Should You Choose to Accept - 9/24/09

Once again, it's that time of the week for Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop. This week's prompts:

1) If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

2) Moxie is defined as the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage; bold energy. Describe a time when you showed moxie.

3) Write a poem about a loved one who has shown you moxie. What have you learned from them?

4) If you were a super hero, what would your super power be and why?

5) A superhero can save you from what ails you....what is your request?

This week, I'm trying prompts # 2 and 5.

Describe a time when you showed moxie.

I've had moxie in my veritable bag of tricks off and on throughout my adult life. I've moved around the country several times, just me and whichever children were in my care. New jobs, new neighborhoods, new adventures. Finding new friends...then leaving those friends when a new job beckoned.

I didn't start out this way; for the first 32 years of my life, I never lived more than 15 minutes from family. It's only been the last 20 years that we've had this nomadic existence. Had I picked a more stable career, perhaps I'd have deep roots in a single neighborhood, instead of the trailing shallow roots that I've managed to develop in moves to CA, SC, TN, MD, VA, PA, KY, NY and now, MO.

At times, I envied folks who stayed put in one place their whole life. But when I start to feel bad about moving so often, I think about the wonderful friends and experiences (and those not so wonderful) that we've had along the way. Would we have had all these challenges had we never left our hometown? There's no way to know.

My other experience with moxie has to do with dealing with The Boy. Since his bipolar diagnosis at age six (and his autism diagnosis at age nine), I've dealt with all of his issues and challenges as a single parent. It's only in this last year that I've had The Mister to help me (and I'm so grateful for that); until then, I have educated myself about his diagnoses, and became his fiercest advocate.

I suffered the effects of his mood swings, and endured his difficulties in school and in our neighborhoods. I've learned about medications and therapies that offer some hope to improve the quality of his life.

And I've met some great people who also showed their fierce determination and dedication to work with us. Doctors, therapists, aides, behavior specialists, probation officers...they've all been in our corner.

Determination and moxie can do wonders.

My Request to a Superhero

Today, I'd like to exhort Economy Man to give either the Mister or myself a job. And if he could manage to pull two jobs out of his hat, that would be super.

And since he's a super hero, I'm sure Economy Man could help the millions of unemployed also find gainful employment. Maybe if he could just put a bug in the ear of hiring managers we talk to, reassuring them that folks over the age of 50 are still valuable employees.

The jobs don't even have to pay as much as we used to earn, but it would be nice if it paid a living wage, and provided health benefits.

We're getting old here, and our physical extended warranties have expired - we're falling apart here, one nagging little ailment at a time.


  1. WOW! Amazing post. You certainly are the definition of moxie. I think Economy Man is needed and I certainly hope he comes to your home first. Take care.

  2. determination and moxie can indeed do wonders -- best of luck with your job hunts and all else!

  3. Oh my Goodness!!I love your title!!!!I just had to stop by!!Awesome,awesome awesome!!! I, too have a son who has been very difficult.Please stop by

  4. HI.I am sorry your mom left you! thats terrible!!!I would have never really left my son

  5. Wow, you do have MOXIE! And if you find Economy man please send him my way too.

  6. You always have something so clever to say. I guess that is why they call you June 'freaking' cleaver : ) I hope you find great jobs soon!

  7. Good for you! I know having a special needs child is challenging.
    I love the super hero. I could use one of those too!

    Thanks for stopping by today.

  8. I hope Economy man visits you soon! And you definitely are a strong mom and woman with a ton of Mox!

  9. Darlin', you've got Moxie written all over you.

  10. Forgive my language but you have a shitload of moxie ... and Mr. Economy Man needs to get his ass out on working on your behalf (and the millions of others who need it) real fast!


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