May 12, 2005

Again, with the risk of jinxing myself hanging heavy over me...

...tonight promises diversions such as Oldest's last band concert. Of the year, and possibly forever. Band just hasn't worked out the way she thought it would. One, it takes a lot of effort. Effort is hard. Two, the teachers seem to have read deeply from the book How to Berate and Belittle Youngsters, especially the chapters on "Having Favorites" and "Moral Inconsistency." Three, the students are all high school students between the ages of 14 and 18, meaning they all have an incredible capacity for both playing victim and victimizing others. "Golden rule"? Shyeah, RIGHT! (Oldest is right there with them on that score, though--wonders why she has no friends, yet can't quite seem to not treat people civily. Go figure, eh?) Anyway, teachers and fellow students are pretty much going to have to remain in the equation, but band doesn't. So, the last concert of the season.

But, she might be volunteering at the library this summer. She seems excited about that, and I think it would be good for her. She loves to read, and she's much nicer around strangers than she is around people she knows. So, we might run by there this afternoon and let her talk to the volunteer lady.

And then, there's Rebecca, who wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. I encourage this, because she needs to make enough money to support me in my old age. Anyway, I had suggested to her that she might see about being a summer helper at one of the numerous vet's offices around our home town, and she is excited about doing that. Never having had to deal with rancorous animals before and all. SO, I called around a bit for her, and we might run by a small office this afternoon, in addition to all the other running.

So, there's a lot to do. I just hope there's no one sitting beside me with a full glass of milk.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at May 12, 2005 04:19 PM