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Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on September 30, 2013 at 2:01pm

Good luck with your new cat, sk8eycat. I hope Pumpkin lives long and prospers with Fred.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 30, 2013 at 12:33pm

Mindy, I know the angst! My greatest hope was that I could teach my kids independence and self-reliance before I died. Damn! they are so independent I need not have worried. Those early 20s are a tough time, but then, so were the 10s and 30s.  

Jeez! Cary turned 50 in Sept and the twins will be 50 in Feb. They all survived and flourished. Just think of all those years I fussed and stressed out. To be honest, I was scared to death I would not be able to raise responsible adults. 

If I had it to do over, I would worry less and enjoy more. I would make sure they had basic interpersonal skills of communication, problem solving, conflict resolution and tools to empower their self-sufficiency. 

We raised all our own vegetables and fruits from the time they were 10 until they left home. They learned how to fix all kinds of household appliances and make repairs on equipment. They bought and supported their first cars themselves and had to support their clothing purchases from 16 years on. They participated in household chores until the day they left my household. 

I was forced into these tactics because of my divorce when they were 10. Looking back, I should have had them doing these things when we had way more money than we needed to survive. As it turns out, they were able and willing to participate during their growing,  and now raise their kids with responsibilities as well as right. 

If I learned anything in all this, is the overrating of "obedience" as a rule of life. It teaches dependence. One has to look for direction outside oneself in order to be obedient. Not a good value system. 

Well, there is no comfort for you in my mini-lecture, just some ideas about letting go and trusting your kids to learn what they need in order to fully function as a flourishing adult. I don't have any knowledge about depression to offer. 

Comment by booklover on September 30, 2013 at 7:39am

Comment by booklover on September 30, 2013 at 7:38am

That's cute Carl, but everyone knows Wonder Woman has an invisible plane.  Wait, was it a plane? lol.  My son starts his new full-time job today.  He's on his way as we speak.  Still not 100% from having his wisdom teeth removed. :(  The young heal fast though!  My daughter was under the covers yesterday crying.  I hope she's not on a downward spiral again!  I gave her my credit card (we pay it off each month if we ever use it!), and told her to call her good friend and go out for dinner.  She felt a little better when she got home.  I made her brush her hair and put on earrings and lipstick.  Sometimes you just feel better when you look nice.  That child is going to be the death of me.  It kills me when I can't make everything better, and I know I can't.  She's 21.

Comment by Ian Mason on September 30, 2013 at 1:00am

Enjoy the new house-mate, Felaine.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 29, 2013 at 10:47pm

Hey, Steph.  Were you recently in Chicago waiting for the train?

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 8:14pm

I wonder how Pumpkins and Fred would do with a wind up mouse, or a ball of yarn? Would they fight? or participate? Or perhaps a group of boxes, big and small? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 7:40pm

I don't know why, but "Fred" is a good cat name...IMO, anyway.  We had a (male) Fred when I was in my 20s...he was red, so he was "Red Fred."

Heard some hisses, and Pumpkin came out to complain about the interloper.  Fred is half-hiding in a cardboard carton that's lying on its side by the window wall.

Maybe I should put her personal litter box out there...

Comment by sk8eycat on September 29, 2013 at 7:34pm

Joan, there's also Bob, the Rain God...only sends rain when you don't need it or want it.  Oh, about 20 years ago the bishop or archbishop of San Francisco led a special service to pray for rain (there was a terrible drought) and a couple of days later it SNOWED in SF!  First time in 50 or 75 years. 

Everybody laughed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 29, 2013 at 7:30pm
I like Fred and Ginger! Well, maybe Freda
 

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