NaBloPoMo Day One: Blog Identity Crisis?
In my previous blog incarnations, I had a theme or focus. For my first blog on Salon, what seems like decades ago but was really only about 2003, I wrote about parenting, cooking, and the political implications of our daily choices. On my second blog (to which I’m not linking because I started this one so I could be anonymous, and linking back there would be defeating the purpose) I wrote about my yoga practice, as well as parenting, cooking, and eventually my dad’s illness and death. Here, as Gumbomum, I haven’t quite found my blog identity. I’m a lot more random and unfocused, probably because I now have an actual job (gasp!) and don’t have the time to devote to crafting thoughtful blog posts.
So don’t expect deep insight or beautiful prose! I’m going to take a “here is what’s on my mind today” approach. For today, what’s on my mind is: finding a high school for GumboBoy to attend next year. GumboBoy has been in a small (130 kids total) preK through 8th grade private International Baccalaureate school since he was 8. I am understandably nervous about throwing him into the big pond next year. It’s like the first day of kindergarten all over again. GumboBoy is truly a unique kid — sweet, sensitive, extremely bright, independent-minded. He also has ADHD and the worst handwriting you’ve ever seen. I worry that his teachers and peers won’t “get” him. I worry about him flying below the radar, with his gifts going unobserved. I want him to find an environment where he’ll feel comfortable and thrive. I hope it’s out there.
This morning we’re off to an open house at a private Jesuit school — which means I should be getting dressed right now!