Thursday, March 19, 2009

As they say...WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW...

What do I know?

I know that fads and trends and the coming and going of them are a way of life for kids. Three years ago if you would have told an elementary student that wearing jeans UNDER his buttocks was the cool thing to do, he would have shot you the infamous, "Get real, Mom!" look. Today, that same child is walking like he just got off a horse trying to keep his pants up.

One day my youngest will play with Play Doh unattended for a longer period of time and I think I have found the piece de resistance. SO, the next day I plan a major cleaning project and figure I will just get out the Play Doh. WRONG! Play Doh is "so yesterday!"

My oldest will tell me to sign him up for Fall soccer after watching his old team win a game on the soccer fields that border our property. Then the next day he is searching for skateboards online because at some point during the night Tony Hawk and Ryan Sheckler have become his heroes...and THEY don't have time for soccer.

My daughter, on the other hand seems to stay even keel for longer periods of time. If she likes mustard today, I can pretty much bet she will still like it tomorrow. However she is starting to feel the need to 'keep up with the Jones's' when it comes to fashion. She has made sure I know that SHE WANTS SKINNY JEANS. She is all about Aeropostale and Hollister (mind you, we have NEVER bought a full price item in either store - SALES only!). I have also noticed a bit of "sass" in her voice when I hear her talking to her friends. Hmmmm. Not so sure I am going to be good with this mom of two 'tweens thing. Well, I have a couple years to get ready...or medication!

So, I was moved to write the other day and I wrote...and wrote...with a toddler on my lap watching YouTube videos of monster trucks, I wrote...while the whole neighborhood played HORSE in our driveway, I wrote. The next day, I put everyone on the bus, got myself a cup of tea and I pruned my word and got them into manuscript form.

I don't want to pat myself on the back and I don't want to give too much away but I wrote the sweetest book with an feisty little duck (I am working on the images of him, too) with a preschool/early elementary version of an identity crisis. All I have been able to think about for the last three days is sitting in the midst of elementary kids, eyes glued to the images of Duck trying out other identities and making my mark on this world.

Inspiring children to be all that they can be is my purpose in this life! I am certain it is why I breathe. It is what I live. It is what I know!


Debbie Yost said...

I vote for medication. My daughter's bad moods are going to be the end of me ... or her!

I love hearing about your book projects. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one.

MaBunny said...

yeah, my 10 yr old is starting to get a bit of 'sass' too and if she doens't watch it she'll get a boot in the '*ss'!
not really, but its tempting sometimes!
Love the identity crisis duck idea - sounds cute!

Jenn@mylifewiththecrazies said...

I have a teen and it is so much fun (NOT)... mood swings... lovely teenage friends we dont care for... the whole "mouthing off" thing.. but all in all she is a good kid and the medication and therapy is helping LOL

KathyB said...

I have to say, having two teenage daughters TOTALLY opposite, it's been a challenge, but a fun ride. Once they get that first "gift" from mother nature (I absolutely LOVE those commercials!) the moods just went away, it was magical! Sure, they get the typically pms mood a day or two a month, but NOTHING like the entire year or two before that gift. THANK YOU Mother Nature!

The boy, on the other hand, has me at my wits end as he approaches 10 and has reached a new annoyance level. Add his friends to the mix, and I may need to open my own winery, lol.

~Sandy~ said...

I have to agree with you on that one...I never buy anything retail! Just stopping in from Ann's to wish you and wonderful weekend...HAPPY VGNO!!!

Julie said...

Sounds like a cute book! My first time with the GNO thing..have a great weekend :)

pam said...

Dropping in for the VGNO. Wishing you a wonderful sunny weekend.

Lizzie said...

i know i'm doomed... my daughter is 4 and she is such a premadonna!!!!

Happy VGNO

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

The Princess Nagger is 6 going on 30...I am NOT looking forward to the 'tween and teen years... ;) Your book sounds very cool! :)

Happy VGNO! Have a great weekend! :)

Native American Momma said...

That is great that you know what your passion in life is. I am sure you will succeed.

Anonymous said...

As long as you have that goal in mind as you raise your children, you will be and are an incredible mother!

Grammy said...

Just checking out the party hopping. I have never done this one. nice to meet you have a great day!

I am Harriet said...

I hope you had a fun VGNO.

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