There is something that has been bothering me lately, maybe it’s because it’s that time of year and I tend to get more sensitive – is that possible? I am already such a sap. I have been reflecting on this past year and everything that I have been through. I must say that 2018 was one of my toughest years, if not the toughest. I not only separated from my husband of sixteen years, but my daughter became a freshman in high school. I thought I was a teenager expert. I mean I did teach teenagers for almost a decade. I’ve always been a very protective mom and I’m trying hard to grant my daughter more freedom. As I type, she and some friends are off on their own eating lunch. A little angst – yes! Of course, every mother’s worst nightmare would be for something to happen to their child. I CAN NOT even imagine. This is becoming more and more of a reality lately, as I am allowing my daughter more freedom. I truly understand where my parents were coming from when I was growing up. With that being said, before the holidays we had quite the scare as a community. There was a fatal shooting of a local teenager and then an associated threat to our high school – the high school that I taught at and my daughter attends. I woke in the middle of the night to another mother’s texts warning me about the threat. Two-thirds of the student population stayed home that day, including my daughter.
My sister, who teaches at the school, went to work. That’s a whole other issue (teachers and guns). Students and teachers should be able to learn in a safe and non-threatening learning environment. I don’t know the answer. I believe this is a complicated issue and above my head. What I do know is that, in all my years teaching high school, I’ve never experienced more stress and anxiety from the students. The desire to be perfect like everyone on social media. I am heading in a different direction here and will blog about perfection next. Blogging is so new to me, but what a great outlet during a divorce and as a mom. Back to allowing my teenage daughter to have more freedom and the threat to her school… she will be off to college in three years and I worry. I worry about the mental health state of our younger generation. This is one one of the reasons I wanted to have a focus on mental health with this blog. I also worry about something happening to her. There was a local young woman, named Ashanti Billie, who was only 19 years old when she was abducted from a local military base where she worked. Ashanti was found dead in NC days after she disappeared. This saddens me because we have nothing in place to help in situations like this. My daughter, your daughter, your son or parent could go missing and nothing is in place to help alarm anyone of the situation.
We are in the middle of a government shut down and I know many in this area are feeling it. I have family members not getting paid. It’s a good time to raise awareness around a proposed bill that needs the President’s attention. Let’s support the proposed bill by Congressman Taylor https://wtkr.com/2018/09/25/u-s-house-vote-could-take-ashanti-alert-national/ You can also check out my Awareness tab: https://lifeissosweet.com/awareness/
I’d like for my daughter to go away to college with this in place.