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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Thursday, June 1, 2006


So, it is day three of an annual and excruciating process called clean-out. This is where Konal has to endure a liquid diet and high doses of laxatives, to get his colon back to an empty and flaccid state. From there we work with him on his treatment plan so it all works normally. There is so many things that can go wrong with plumbing on a human being. Unfortunately, I think we have experienced most of them. So, I am yet (as I have for a long time) still up to my eyeballs in poop. I was hoping I would be done with it when my children got out of diapers, but that doesn't seem to be the case. The poor child was hungry and tired and actually was willing to go to bed. He kept asking for food and refusing the liquids. It really breaks my heart at times.

Today is my brother's birthday. I hope he had a really good one because it has been a really shitty year for him.

This is the boys' first week out of school. Konal starts a transition to middle school program on Monday. I worry about the kids picking on him, but he really wants to go, so here it goes. It is hard to believe my baby will be in middle school already.

I did pick up my stitching again, and am working on a christmas ornament for an exchange. I ended up throwing out this piece a quarter of the way through- let's just say I made a fabric miscalculation and there was no salvaging it. I am glad I caught it when I did. After the ornament is done, I plan on finishing the baby bibs I started. I will put them away for a gift for someone. I have trouble working on them, because they make me sad to even look at. I had them in my hand when dad called me to let me know the sad news.

I spent some time outside this morning- cleaning up and planting some flowers. Now the 111 degree weather can kill them. The house is in good shape even if the boys are home. It makes me feel good. Now I have to get some of the home improvement projects done.

I have been going to the library with the boys. So far I have read the Motherhood Manifesto and am halfway through American Theocracy (Links forthcoming when it is not 11 pm at night). Good, although American Theocracy is a bit dry. Motherhood Manifesto had a lot of information I already knew, but it was nice to have it all in one place. I also got some books on CD to listen to when I am stitching.

Chris and I are planning a trip to Flagstaff for my birthday.... It will be nice to escape for a couple of days.