Posted by: Amanda | February 2, 2007

Full day

I stayed home, but took two meetings by conference call.  Both went long.  So even though I didn’t have to get dressed, leave the house, and really ddn’t leave my bed but to help the girl with homework, it felt like a really full day.  The snow hasn’t arrived yet.

And I linked to some fibro sites from Julia Bohemian and that always freaks me out and I just shouldn’t go there, because even if I do have very very early stages of the mounting symptoms that no one seems to think are inter related, I can’t do anything about it.  And I am really good most of the time.  Its just when I don’t feel good I am a bit weepy anyway and it scares me that when I get a head cold, my joints hurt. 

Work is really good, and Ben’s is gettng better.  Em’s teacher sent me an email that they are going to schedule “formal testing” because of continued concerns over her reading, and then tonight we pick up a scholastic book just ordered from those newspaper looking things that offer grade level books- Young George Washington.  She reads it cover to cover, stumbling only over words like Brittain and Mount Vernon- wonderful comprehension talking about friends she knows that are brittish and if the fact that the Americans fought the french and indians, did that mean the french and indians joined together – and the indians are Americans anyway.

And I stop and say – huh – what?  I mean yes, a couple weeks ago I was worrying because she reads saw when it says was and reads was when it says saw and she has had to work to get to grade level. But this is not a child who can’t read.

Allison’s friend Scott said on his blog that somebody recomended the 7- Up series of documentaries and it sounded interesting so I put them on the top of my netflix que – so far I have watched these people at 7, 14, 21 and 28.  35 and 42 should arrive this week.  But 28 kind of startled me at how the premise really seems to hold true.  These people really are who they were at age 7. 

Em is bright and articulate and as she has been since an infant – all about gross motor.  Despite my attempts at brainwashing her that since she likes weather and experiments that she should study science, if asked without preface she says she wants to be a police officer like her daddy when she grows up.  She also says she wants to go to Notre Dame for college.  Both noble but worrisome prospects – the second only because I don’t know how I would pay for it.  But she also says she thinks she is dumb and that no one likes her.  Both unfounded.  But watching this documentary makes me wonder if she has self esteem issues now, will she carry these always?

I know the answer.  My God is bigger than all that.  Prayer is effective.  Emily has several prayer warriors and has already committed her life to God.  Anything is possible.

But I am tired, I still hurt, I am rambling.  I have about 5 emails I need to write and haven’t because I can’t put my thoughts together, and so instead of going to sleep I am typing stuff I probably don’t want to post here.  Oh well.  Its a record.

And my mom just found out she has to make this move much quicker than she thought  (3 weeks). 

I don’t know if I will make it to work tomorrow, but I can’t stop thinking about an email I need to write and some info I need to disseminate as soon as possible.  I am still worried about driving while taking so much more decongestant and with the foggy brain if it snows, but I haven’t even gotten that far.  the difference in temperature and effort to get out of bed with this cold is what kept me in so far.

I need to sleep.


  1. The 7-Up series sounds interesting…I may have dh add that to our netflix que instead of this endless stream of American Girl videos and Japanese childrens’ cartoons that get delivered. As far as E’s reading, it doesn’t sound to me like they should be worrying. Because of her age, she could just as easily be a first grader where she’d probably be above grade level for reading. You know my story about Justin…kindergarten teacher in panic mode because he had no sense of phonics at all; first grade teacher calmer and spending extra time with him; special reading program in second grade; and now he is slightly above grade level and has passed some of the kids who used to be higher than him. There is also some research out there that shows many kids are not developmentally ready until age 7 to read. Well, E is only just 7 1/2. Really, this just gets me frustrated thinking about how high the reading standards have become in schools…if she went to school when we did, there wouldn’t be this big concern. OTOH, if by some crazy chance, testing revealed something, at least it could be acted on now (but I’m doubting that there are any problems).

  2. I have a horrible head cold myself so I can’t put a lot of deep thought into anything right now. So I will just say…ditto what KrisAnne said!

  3. That series sounds cool..I’m going to add it now…

  4. You probably already know this, but you can always say “no” to more tests. If you think E is reading fine, then just leave it at that. Our pediatrician wanted me to have A take a test for autism because she was slow to speak and highly sensitive to sounds. I asked my mother-in-law for her opinion. She laughed out loud. She worked in special ed for over 25 years and assured me A isn’t autistic. The pediatrician wouldn’t give it up and asked me several times about giving A a test for autism. I did not consent. Now everything is fine.

    I don’t mean to sound crass, but public schools have a vested interest in having children be “tested” – it gets them more funding when the child has a labeled “problem”. I am not typically the “public schools are evil” kind of homeschooler, but I know enough public school teachers, who have straight out told me that the main drive behind tests is to determine government funding.

    There is my 2 cents – for whatever it is worth.

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