Dear World (From an Angry Parent)

Posted on Thursday 9 September 2010

Waking up at 4 am because the mind is going TickTickTick sucks.


And while it would be reasonable to assume this is driven by worry about my Mom, the source of today’s baggy eyes installment is Adorable Child… or rather, the garbage the world is hurling at her just now.

It’s not enough, evidently, that her Grandmother is dying.  Oh no!

Along with that, the kids at the new school need to shun her and leave her eating lunch alone in the cafeteria.  They need to offer her drugs and get angry when she declines… and start nasty rumors about her.

And since that’s apparently still not enough, the volleyball coach needs to put this new freshman (new to everything, including this town!) on the varsity team, tell her she’s going to play her a lot at that level… and then bench her for the indefinite future.

Nice going Coach.  Not!



World, you need to listen up.  Right now.

I get it that life’s challenges make one stronger… but is it totally necessary to hit my child with a decade’s worth all at once?   No, it is not.

I am done.  My patience, already in short supply, is gone — not going, but GONE — and I’m about to lose my temper.


Just stop.  Stop now.

4 Comments for 'Dear World (From an Angry Parent)'

    September 9, 2010 | 9:18 am

    I am so sorry all of this is happening at all, much less at a difficult time like this. Be brave, be patient, and hang on. It will get better. Hopefully, very soon. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

    September 9, 2010 | 4:55 pm

    Thanks Linda. It will get better, I know it will. (Can only go up, eh?) Venting this helped me a lot this morning, and I put a bunch of balls into motion today, getting some help rolling her way. I think maybe we’ll be able to get the tide turned soon.

    September 11, 2010 | 7:03 pm

    I’ve never figured out why the worst of everything always seems to happen at once. Keeping you in my thoughts…

    September 15, 2010 | 7:54 am

    This was a very hard time for my daughter.  I can’t think of a time that she was under more stress than this. Things have smoothed for her now, though — and as a result, for me as well.

    I need to add an update, too.  The sports situation resolved beautifully when her coach reached across to her, and helped her tremendously. Adorable Child learned yet another life lesson (I hope). When one is suffering under too many emotions, one often begins wearing them on one’s sleeve, and that becomes a circular problem.

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