Scarlett

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A fan of small intrigue, Scarlett had been happy with the harmless life that she and Sherman had carved out for themselves in the city.

But now with Sherman gone she was at loose ends.  Visiting Velma and the other spinsters, Thanksgiving in the country, had been a welcome distraction.  Scarlett had called to extend her vacation, and was staying on through Christmas.  She was pacing the grounds of the rooming house, contemplating her life in the city without Sherman and her new distaste for her editing job, and shuddered.

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Scarlett clutched her fur and spun to search out tea, nearly knocking over the gardener.  A girlish giggle then “Ooops!  Oh, I AM sorry sir” and she swept away toward the rooming house.  He watched her go.

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About AngelaLTodd

I am queen of the helicopter parents. But there are enough of us that we are becoming a social problem. Here’s my story. Thing 1 was coming, they couldn’t stop him, it was only 24 weeks and 3 days. Someone asked: should we try to save him? Well, yes. Yes! Ten days later, a team of doctors closed the door behind us to explain brain bleeds, sepsis, meningitis. Shall we pull the plug? Well, no. No! Babydaddy laid hands on him every day, massaged him when he was ready. For the three months he was in intensive care, and the three weeks at an intermediate hospital, I would get up in the night and pump breast milk, thinking about my baby across town. Babydaddy delivered it every morning, earning the name “milkman.” It was funny. We had every therapy going for as long as possible: early intervention, the intermediate unit, private therapies. Terms multiplied: sensory processing dysfunction, sensory integration problems, orally defensive, auditory sensitivities, comprehensive developmental delay, cognitive function impairment, retinopathy of prematurity. He did occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, play therapy; we consulted with a neurologist, school psychologist, wraparound service provider, developmental specialist. He worked with an occupational therapist for a year and a half to tolerate teeth and hair brushing. Not surprisingly, parenting didn’t feel natural. I learned to read to my baby watching Phyllis, our physical therapist. Voices, commentary, labeling colors, counting… she was very good! Merging professional research skills with my genetic propensity for silliness (mom was class clown, dad’s distantly related to Lucille Ball), my mothering style came together. Eventually. But I still channel Phyllis on occasion. Thing 2 was full term. They are complete opposites; she is a sensory seeker with a wild sense of adventure and an inventive sense of fashion. Keeping them both busy and happy is an exasperating and sweet challenge. I still believe that every day can be fun and educational while reinforcing kids' boundaries. I’m on a mission to save us helicopter parents from ourselves. No more bubble wrapped kids and guilty parents. Let’s teach them coping skills. Let’s get fun.
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5 Responses to Scarlett

  1. Reblogged this on Steps to the Shop and commented:
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  2. Oh this is great! And perfect timing as that gentleman in the photo is celebrating his birthday today 🙂

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