Saturday, January 08, 2011
Johnathan started classes at HCC on Monday and is keeping busy with homework and a possible job opportunity.
Sara is focused on getting driving experience and is getting better and better out on the road. I don't love the driver training times of parenthood, but I have a lot of patience with them while they are learning-it's kind of ironic. I struggle to have patience with many other aspects of teenage-hood, but I'm a compassionate and supportive driving instructor. It must be something about wanting them to feel happy, calm, confident and capable while I'm strapped with them into a 5000-pound instrument of death. Yeah, something like that.
Evan "won" his wrestling match on Tuesday by forfeit, then lost yesterday in the first round of a tournament. He lost again today, but I think he's satisfied with his experience as a wrestler thus far. He knows that this year is largely about gaining experience since he's never done it before.
For myself, I decided to go for the fun. I paid my tuition this week and am registered for another class at HCC during spring semester. Just one class on Tuesdays again. This time it will be basic photography, with film. I'm excited to step back into the world of film and see if I can even do it. It's been 5 or 6 years since I shot film. Digital has taken so much of the risk and technicality out of photography that this will be like flying with instruments only. No chimping by looking at the screen on the camera, no delete button, no 50 images just to get the one picture I like of a kid's smile or an apple in a tree. I'm looking forward to an adjustment of my mindset, a narrowing of my parameters, and going through an organized system of learning photography rather than always learning in the moment by what the situation requires. Not that there isn't value in that, it's just that I hope to find and begin to fill in the blank spaces in my knowledge.
I also have a new knitting contract and am working every day on that, in addition to the final re-claiming of the house from the happy chaos of the holidays. I'm starting to feel a little more in control, though there is still a lot of purging and sorting to do in the wake of everyone receiving new treasures for Christmas.
I've started and abandoned 3 or 4 blog posts over the last little while because I'm trying to process some hard things right now but don't really like to put a lot of negative stuff out there in the public zone. It has been somewhat therapeutic to write and rant and edit and write some more and consider just saying what's really on my mind, then decide it is better to look at the bright side. It always is, actually. Toward that end, tonight I attended a wonderful church meeting that is held twice a year just for adults. It is always an oasis of calm and quiet in the midst of life's craziness. This evening, we heard messages on the importance of love, forgiveness, and the constancy of God. It was a balm to my currently troubled soul. I finally felt some insight into how to deal with some problems I've gotten stuck on and move forward.
That is definitely a good thing.
Posted by Kellie on Saturday, January 08, 2011