It seems like it is hard enough to get adequate sleep without having to give hours away, but that’s just the way I see it. I think my kids have inherited my need and affection for sleep because they need a little encouragement in the morning on standard time. Daylight saving time is not one of their favorite things, either. I can’t say that I blame them. I’m looking forward to the beginning of Spring, but surely it would be capable of happening without all of this taking away of sleep. That just seems to be rude for no reason.
When things get really hectic around here, I sit still for a few moments until I remember what my word for this year was supposed to be and I’m always so happy when, not only have I not forgotten, but I am able to shift my perspective toward the goal. Yay me! I haven’t gone as far in my creative pursuits as I would have liked to, but I have accomplished a lot and not at the expense of the most important aspects of my life. I’m winning. Today.
This afternoon was a particularly challenging one as I waited for my kids to get home from school. It had been snowing all day, which meant that they got out of school two hours early. However, because of the road conditions, two of my kids took almost two hours to get home. My youngest son got a bit impatient with me, because I stayed near the front door until everybody made it home. I just had to. I knew that they were alright, but I was so relieved and happy to see them, even if they wanted to play around a bit in all of that snow before they came inside. Even if, after all of that stamping on the outdoor mat, snow still made it into the house.
I am guessing that it’s our turn to get below freezing – again. I stepped out of the house to run some errands and the wind chill was brutal. At least we’re not snowed or iced in (the weather people say that sort of stuff will be coming tomorrow – hmph), but that heavy wind in the sunshine is a bit rude. Sort of like slapping someone who tries to shake your hand. Yeesh. I hope this does not mean we will be dealing with a heat wave or something this Summer.
From time to time on this blog, my blog, I post graphics, facts, etc. that catch my eye or make me think. Yesterday I posted one about the fact that firearm involved incidents are the third leading cause of death for kids 1-17. That’s all. I thought that was a fact to be alarmed about, whether the incidents involve drugs, gangs or both (FYI: everybody killed by drug dealers and gang members are not drug users and gang members but their murders are often lumped into drug and gang crimes) and whether the incidents are homicides, suicides or both. There is no acceptable number of children to be killed with guns in this country but the fact that guns are somehow linked to so many young deaths is something to be concerned about. If that concern makes one person more careful with his or her firearms so that they don’t get stolen and used in the death of a child or accidentally discharged by a child, then to me, that is the best form of gun control.