My Life Story
Chapter 1: The forceps delivery should have been the first clue. Or, I always gotta try to make things just a little more difficult.
Chapter 2: Life with my my brothers, and our older, more mature sister. Or, man, I wish I was as cool as she is, but I guess these guys are ok.
Chapter 3: School: my comfort zone. Or, the beginning of doing and achieving as a way to self-acceptance.
Chapter 4: The neighborhood. Or, Lord of the Flies meets Gilligan’s Island meets Sesame Street.
Chapter 5: Divorce disrupts. Or, Commence with the tumultuous teens. Or, How to torture a stepfather. Or, Could you have done this when I wasn’t in puberty??
Chapter 6: Middle School: the petri dish of hormones. Or, star student meets klutzy adolescent and cries for three years.
Chapter 7: High School: oh, the drama! Or, Middle School, part 2.
Chapter 8: A couple of colleges. Or, Getting lost at the university, and finding the small college. Or, Eating Disorders: Not recommended for humans.
Chapter 9: I love to work! Or, From babysitting to McDonald’s to group homes to classrooms and beyond.
Chapter 10: Love and marriage: finding my handsome prince! Or, It started with a lemon drop.
Chapter 11: Learning to be a teacher. Or, The Know-it-all discovers she doesn’t know it all.
Chapter 12: Parenthood: the early years. Or, The Know-it-all discovers she doesn’t know it all, part 2.
Chapter 13: Graduate School? At my age? Or, Finding my Passion. Or, Really, I get to do this?
Chapter 14: We’re leaving Michigan?! Or, Adventure at Seminary! Or, Traumatizing the Children! Or, Life in the Armpit! Or, Seriously, St. Louis is really this humid all the time?
Chapter 15: The Sugar-momma years. Or, The teaching degree finally pays off. Or, From Public High School to Parochial High School. Or, Home at Last!
Chapter 16: Parenthood 2.0: teenagers. Or, I admit it; I know nothing!
Chapter 17: Sending them off. Or, They make me so proud! Or, I miss them so much! Or, My children/My friends.
Chapter 17: Illness: Redefining Life. Or, Well, this sucks. Or, Slowing down. Or, Ok, Ok, I hear you!
Chapter 18: Back to Michigan?! Or, Really? Or, Going Home! Or, Starting over? At our age?
Chapter 19 ___________________
The next chapter? No idea. Perhaps I will call the next chapter, “Being Still.” But you never know, maybe this time of being still will yield something far more title-worthy. That’s how life works. As you enter a chapter, you think you know where it’s going, but the Author often has often added plot twists. As I enter this chapter, I am excited, and anxious. I feel like I am climbing the initial hill on a roller coaster…it’s quiet and calm right now, but I hear a subtle clicking that reminds me that a ride is coming!
The movers come in four days. Am I ready? I doubt it. But, I hear a voice saying, “Be still, and know that I am God.” He is the author. He knows what is coming. He has written the rest of the story. I hear it has a good ending.