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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.

Monday, March 31, 2008


I am not a morning person. Ask anybody, especially my darling children. I have found through the years that mornings can really set the tone for the day. Will it be a productive day? Sometimes, when I have school assignments due, I find getting up at 3-4 am will give me that quiet time to get things done.

The inspiration for this post? The realization that I really need more sleep this morning. I am out of Ambien, and couldn't get to sleep before 1 am last night. My alarm rang at 5:30. No way- ut uh. I reset it for 6:30.

The first thing I did was get children up for school. Aidan has a 7:20 bus, and Konal has a 7:50 bus. I have to wake them up slowly. First I turn on lights, then the radio, then start the shaking and name calling. I have had to resort to cold water dripping for Konal, but Aidan is pretty good about getting up. Before we shut off cable, I watched the morning news. I miss it, but I will live.

We will eventually get rabbit ears, and I will get my news back, at least. As the children wake up, I go into the kitchen. It is clean this morning, although I had bread in the bread maker. We are out of store bought, so it was disappointing that it turned out a small, semi-mixed brick. Sigh. I will do it by hand today. I am a much better bread maker than my machine.

I switched laundry. I always try to make sure there is a load of laundry washing when I go to bed and when I get up. We have much lower electricity prices between 9 pm and 9 am. I still have a couple of loads to put away, which I will tackle later. I got 6 loads put away this weekend.

I turned on the computer, and while it was booting, roused children again. Aidan got in the shower, so I left Konal in bed while Aidan was getting clean. Aidan is currently bugging me about not having clean shorts. Not quite true- he doesn't seem to know how to look in his closet.

Konal is now in the shower, and I am sitting here with a nice cup of tea. I am thinking about coffee, but I may go lay down after the kids leave, since I am still recovering from being sick. This is the never-ending virus. After I finish writing this post, I have a to do list to tackle that is a bit overwhelming. Almost done with some of the MISS Foundation stuff, which is exciting. Need to do some writing, which I have been putting off. I need to tackle procrastination at some point.

Aidan is finally dressed and just ran out the door. Right on time.
Konal is still in bed, but I just got him to sit up. I took the trash cans to the curb in my nightgown, like a good suburban mom. Now I need to go get more done. It should be a good day!