tamchronin: coctail umbrella captioned "pretty but pretty useless" (Peace Love and Donuts!)
Anakin came home upset today.

My first question was, "What are you in trouble for this time?"

He quickly explained that it wasn't anything like that. He started to go off on a rant about two other kids on the way home from school, and I grew irritated that he doesn't know how to get along with other kids. As an only child, he can be a little overbearing and demanding, and still has problems compromising with others.

No, it wasn't anything like that. He calmed down and explained that the two boys were picking on another, smaller, kid while they were walking home from school. He yelled at them, stood up for the smaller kid, and they started picking on him for it.

Anakin didn't back down. He didn't act afraid. So they rode off on their bikes to taunt the smaller kid again, this time trying to get physical. And Anakin said he glowered at them, rushing toward them to help the smaller kid out.

The bullies rode away, because he stood up to them. He wasn't afraid of them. He knew they had no interest in a fair fight.

A mom couldn't ask more from their kid than that. I'm so proud of him I could cry.

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Sep. 18th, 2011 07:49 pm
tamchronin: coctail umbrella captioned "pretty but pretty useless" (Vacation Wanted)
Not much writing going on since I finished Elemental, but I've been doing a hell of a lot of reading. I have SO much to plot and plan. I want to get the mythology behind Elemental written, and then I'm really going to have to just force myself to finally make a map. World building is awesome and fun, but it's been a little bit daunting to realize that all the writing I've done the past five years has been world building for a larger story. I suspected it three years ago, and that's what contributed to the long writing hiatus on Elemental, but enough people have read it and agree with my assessment that it's official now.

Damn what a GOOD bit of world building!

Okay, that aside, I've been getting a little bit of editing in here and there, but I've taken a bit of a break to read a few things by [livejournal.com profile] knkfics the last week or so. Their writing always fills me with ideas and inspires me to write more, so in the long run it will balance out.

In other news, Anakin is taking piano lessons. I mentioned it on Facebook, but I'm just so proud that I felt the need to post it again for another set of peeps...and to have a more permanent place to note it, so when I go back in a few years and look again I can remember it with a fond smile. When I was little, we could never afford anything like that, and for the longest time in his life we still couldn't. Now I'm trying to make sure we can. It's a weird feeling, because I never even thought about things like after school activities being a part of my life or the life of my kid. Now I can, and it's a good feeling to be able to encourage him like this. I can't even begin to explain it.

Things are going well with The Evil Redhead. We're both pretty nonconfrontational, which is a bit of a strain at times, but it's making me come out of my shell and resolve things more often. We're both still learning how to deal with each other, and I *think* we're both growing from the experience. Well, I know I am. If he is or not is up to him. hehe Most of the time things are just...good. I like good. Good is a nice change. :D

Finally, I picked up a nice cold from the public germ farm Anakin goes to every week day. As TER said today, at least it won't interfere with our camping trip. I'm looking forward to it SO much. I'm not the outdoorsy type, I'll admit it. Still, I enjoy camping anyway. Getting away, experiencing new things, getting dirty and not caring, sitting at the campfire, relaxing in a tent, sitting in the middle of nature...wonderful. Just wonderful. I just don't get how anyone would not enjoy camping every once in a while. So, yeah, glad I'll be over this cold before we go camping. :D

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