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A friend recently posted an article on Facebook about our local public high school, the one my son attends and from which my daughters graduated. The article is about 5 years old – and a bit lengthy – but many of the student observations and quotes are still very applicable today. And, re-reading it now that my son is in his sophomore year is really making me think about the path he is on and the path I am on with him as he gets further into his high school career and closer the end of his Junior Tennis Journey.
If you want to take the time to read the article, I promise it will make you think, or re-think, about how you interact with your child(ren). And, if it doesn’t, it should. We are raising our children in an era of very high More >
Today marks the end of an era. I will no longer be the daily chauffeur for my son. He will no longer need me to drive him to drills, pick him up afterward, take him to fitness, or schlep him to school. He is now a licensed driver.
And, given that he is my last child at home and the last to drive, that means my time is now my own. That means I can book appointments, make lunch dates, and whatever else I want to do on my time-frame without worrying that I’ll be finished in time to pick up my son and take him where he needs to be.
That also means every time he gets behind the wheel, I will get that little clutch in my stomach – you know the one – and worry like crazy until he calls to let me know he’s arrived wherever safe and in one More >
A big thank-you to my amazing yoga instructor, Lisa Jones, for the quote above.
Sometimes I get a major wake-up call which catches me totally off guard. This weekend’s tournament was one of those.
The week leading up to the tournament was a rough one for my son. He came down with a cold/sinus infection on Monday and immediately started taking a antibiotic in hopes that he would feel significantly better by the Saturday start day. All week, he shortened his practices, even resorting to hitting with only me one of the days, trying to conserve his energy. I begged him to drink Emergen-C – my go-to when I start feeling a cold coming on. He drank one, maybe two, all week. I begged him to drink protein shakes at the end of each day. He More >
This week, I’m visiting my parents in Shreveport, Louisiana, where I grew up. Yesterday, I had the chance to go watch my 74-year-old dad play tennis against his long-time friend and rival in what has become a once- or twice-weekly ritual. These two guys have been competitors since childhood. They have also been friends since childhood. They played against each other in the juniors and with each other in college. Yes, the level of tennis has changed over the years. Neither one moves too well these days. Neither one has the piercing groundstrokes that once defined their games. And neither one has lost the desire to win when facing the other More >
My husband and I are headed to the Left Coast later today, making our way to Palm Springs for the BNP Paribas Open this weekend. I am beside-myself-excited!!!!! I’ve been wanting to go to this tournament ever since my oldest daughter moved to Los Angeles to attend USC five years ago. And, now, finally, I’ll be there to see the Quarters, Semis, and, hopefully, Finals – how awesome is that?!?!?!
I will be tweeting from the tourney, so be sure to follow me @ParentingAces. I’ll post a summary here with photos next week.
And, if you’re watching on tv on Friday, Saturday, and/or Sunday, look for the woman with the huge grin and the little red phone – I promise to wave if the camera comes my way!More >