School, it's fine. Life? Oh it's ridiculous.
I am in the midst of a whirlwind of drama both self imposed and beset upon. I'm trying to find my place in the universe while fighting demons that have haunted me for my whole life and trying to determine if it matters whether I matter. Yeah, light stuff like that. Everyone around me seems annoyed, anxious or just angry all the time which doesn't help my precarious and infinitely fragile grasp on whatever it is I'm holding on to.
Yeah, school is fine. The Banker is progressing through, on the whole successful and seemingly enjoying the education process we have established. He thinks he's learning things, seems engaged and academically content. He's being challenged and is still humming and singing through lessons, that's got to be good.
He's 13 and going through all the appropriate teen angst that boys do. He is equally pissy, angry and needy, demanding and withdrawn, silly and weepy. He needs as many hugs as smacks. I don't think I've experienced quite so proficient an eye roller either. It's delightful. My only saving grace is the coffee chats with dear girlfriends who offer support, commiseration and one hell of a giggle. We aren't the only ones. whew
He is not as mature as some of his friends in some areas yet he's much more mature in others, it's a precarious place, 13. He takes games intensely but lightly and is shattered when those around him take it oh so seriously, "...I've never been more disappointed in anyone or anything in my whole entire life" isn't the sort of text one likes seeing your son receive in relation to a game. It's a GAME! Take your play seriously or not but don't throw that sort of drama out into the universe, and certainly don't throw it in my house. Watch me not explode, implode or hide a body. We need to get out more and find more humans to take up more space, it'll help take the edge off some of the expectations I think, I hope, I'll make it.
In other news, I discovered that I'm being stalked online. Stalked is perhaps a bit intense, I'm being followed and then that which I share, dramatic or funny or culinary or cryptic as they may be are being copied and emailed out into cyberspace. Creepy? Sure. Yesterday I would have fallen apart at the supposed betrayal but really, if (I) put it out there you can't expect not to be busted on it. I tell the Banker daily that there are no secrets and there is no privacy online. It's there...forever. I'm now looking at it as a cool, I'm so interesting that my thoughts, feelings and cryptic observations are being copied and sent around the world. Does that make me famous? More famous. I'm no victim, I'm a rock star.
I also had my weep at not belonging where I thought I did, I had an epiphany in the wee hours last night, after a whole life of trying, I can't make people (who I thought just would like me) like me and I think it's about time I stopped. I have allowed my own self worth to be based on the perceived opinions of other people. As I said, it's about time I stopped. I thought a relationship was fixed but it was so horrifyingly clear the other day it hasn't. I think that stops too. Look at me being all together. It's not mental health or direction found, it's exhaustion. I'm exhausted and can't fight any more.
I've also been playing a game I shouldn't play. I've been waiting for a compliment, just an out of the blue, random, you look/smell/sound nice, you did a good job, i liked that, you are good at whatever it is you do. I was keeping track in days, now it's weeks. Sometimes you just can't stop, I have 4 months invested and it'll be interesting to see if it ever comes to pass. See, it all feeds into me thinking I suck and aren't good at anything. If you have to constantly ask if it's ok and there's no support or joy coming back, it's hard as hell to not fall off the cliff. But I digress, this isn't supposed to be about me it's about home schooling a very straight line kid when I'm, well, look at me *ugh*
We are going to go to more movies in the next couple of weeks, do more outdoor stuff. We are going to watch movies from the couch and eat popcorn for dinner. There will be less online games, more live people chatting. There will be a review of the sorts of people in our lives and what role they play. You don't have to do everything with everyone in your life, kiddo, some people you just don't want to play cards with and some you can't imagine going to the mall without. Everyone has a place and the place isn't always everywhere.
I'm going to call a little girl who makes me feel happy when I see her projects, crafts and read her stories and I want to tell her so. I am going to make some bread, supervise some algebra and assign a photography project on feet.
I'm going to divide up the leftovers as dinner and eat a very large mug full of chocolate ice cream at some point in my day.
So, how about that home schooling.