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Sunday, August 8, 2010

All work, no play

As I write this blog in a hotel room in PA I am thinking of something funny or anything that would take my mind off of the recent passing of a really good friend, Pat. His memorial service was earlier tonight and it was a nice service, but I couldn't stop tearing up. I had my Nook with me (I know it sounds rude, but I had to escape the sad feelings) and wouldn't you know it (I am reading The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud) I am at the part of ... death - I can't give it away for those who are reading or want to watch the movie. So now I am crying about the story line, crying about Norma losing Pat ... uggghhhh Lord help me please!!!

I then remember Jaden at the lake this afternoon doing a chore for his great grandma Love. When this boy is good he is real good and when he is ... he is ...  So anyway, this chore was supposed to be a 5 minute thing. Each time we lapped with a skiier there he is scrubbing away. He was asked to brush the bottom step walking into the lake, (it is slippery from the lake moss and algae). We went around the lake about 4 or 5 times and when we got back he was still working (we were out in the boat for over an hour and half). We were pretty worried there wouldn't be a step brick left.

He weeded the whole wall and brushed the entire wall clean of algae. I couldn't believe how content and thorough he was with this chore. We had to leave and my mom said he continued to work on the wall and the stairs long after we left. These are the moments I am proud to be a mother. I don't expect them to be perfect, but when they expect their job be perfect it tells me he learned it from his parents and that makes me proud.

I haven't blogged much about Jaden and that is because I thought he needed a background blog all to himself, but here it is in a nut shell: Jaden is 10 years old, going into 5th grade at American Christian School, he is type 1 diabetic, he has ADHD and has another medical issue (Guillian Barre) that excuses him from any further immunizations. He suffers from PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), audio processing disorder, some socialization issues, and is depressed. Jaden had stopped growing a few years ago and I had another doctor take a look before going to a specialist and low and behold - he was Diabetic type 1. He is NOT on insulin yet, but I wasn't crazy in trying insulin to get his body to start growing, but I was willing to try unconventional other form of medication to see if it would help. He has been on the medication for over a year and it has started to finally pay off. He started to grow this past April, and probably will cost me a fortune in new uniforms in September.

Jaden is a free spirited child. He loves all critters, bugs, animals, sticks, stones, acorns, pine cones, etc. He collects them all and when I do the wash I feel like I am in the great outdoors. He takes everything and of course, I have to touch, ohhh, and ahhhh at everything. Yes, I am the total boy mom. I don't know why God picked me, I don't like germs or the gross things boys do. Yuck, yuck, yuck. This child keeps me on my toes all the time and sometimes I hear stories of what he did, all I want to do is laugh (because it is funny to hear what he did, it isn't funny when he does it to you though).

Glad you could join me in this blog on the better side of life. I am thinking about what to blog next about. Maybe the kids made up language would be fun. Need to put some fun in here or no one will want to read. For sure, if Jaden is in the blog - he gives me a run for my money - maybe he will do the same for your reading the blog. He sometimes makes me want to cry and laugh at the same time. Love you JJ you are one of a kind.

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