What Did You Just Say?!

Dear Groovy Mama,
What to do when your younger child picks up bad language from an older one? (not my situation but a friend’s) –Ms. P

Dear Ms. P.,

I remember clearly the day my son let fly with a most colorful word of the four letter variety. Hearing that expletive erupt from his sweet young mouth was jarring. Unfortunately, he had picked the word up from a video game my husband was fond of. That particular video game found a new home at the local thrift store.

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Calculated Usefulness

“Randy lay there like a slug. It was his only defense.”

Jean Shepherd, A Christmas Story

I can really relate to Randy. It had been my intention to take a couple of weeks off of homeschooling and writing after Christmas to relax and get some work done. Entertaining visions of sitting in my cozy room, fingers furiously clicking on my keyboard keeping time with the rhythm of the rain lightly hitting my windows, I was sure I would not only get ahead on my blogging, but I’d be fully organized and ready to roll for a new term of schooling.

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Two Little Words

It was an ordinary day as I pulled out onto the highway. The late morning traffic was light and my mind wandered as I drove the familiar route, alone for the moment, a rare pleasure in my busy days.

As I approached the quiet downtown area, I slowed. Up ahead, at a cross street, I caught sight of a familiar navy blue truck. My heart did a crazy little flippy thing, an automatic response that happened almost before it registered that it was my husband, now crossing the highway on his way home.

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How To Manage Mommy Overload


Dear Groovy Mama,
How do I not allow myself to feel overwhelmed when I feel like I’m being pulled in 6 directions? I am constantly battling feeling outnumbered and overwhelmed right now. (A.S. in Oregon)

Dear A.S.,
I wish I had a magical set of words that I could utter to make your feeling of overwhelm disappear. The truth is, there is no way to not feel overwhelmed at some stages, particularly when you have littles running around.

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What Is It You Want?

A Facebook post, written by a friend of mine, really resonated with me this past week.    He has graciously allowed me to share it with you.  I hope it is as thought provoking for you as it was for me…


What Is It You Want 

by Jerry Neumann

“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word, and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.” Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

What do you want? It’s a good question. Lots of times I have no idea what I want or I can’t quite put it into words. Sometimes it is obvious to me or at least I think I know what I want.

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From Lord of the Flies to Supernova

The girl’s face was tomato red, round and glistening with sweat. Breath huffing like an enraged bull, she charged. Holding up our spears, carefully crafted fir branches sharpened to fine points, we held the line and drove her back into our makeshift prison. Righteous indignation welled up in our prisoner and burst forth in a scream of fury. Head thrown back, white fists clenched at her sides, she howled her impotent rage to the trees above. With widespread feet planted in the dirt, our spears gripped with firm determination, we looked on passively as our captive crumpled to the ground sobbing, her fighting spirit released to the sky, leaving her defeated.

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