I've not posted much lately and I thank you all who have checked in. It's the usual. Work is worky. Home is busy.
So I've been waiting for a good reason to post again and spending a bit of time with my son yesterday. John's a good kid, smart and funny. He's ten and has had to put up with a lot of changes this year, so I try to keep my eye on him.
When he got a text message and said, "Oh, that's not good!" I was naturally a bit concerned.
I asked what was up and John readily told me that a fellow 5th grader had just texted him that he was going to kill himself.
We turned the car around and headed back to the school for a talk with the principal.
John was pretty level-headed and texted his friend not to do anything. He let the other boy know that it was not going to help anything and that he wanted him as a friend.
The principal got through to the boy's mom and established that the boy was fine and had not actually done anything. Everyone gave a sigh of relief.
I'm darn lucky to have two great kids. It's just amazing how fast they grow up!
So if you're a parent, give the kids a hug. They have so much more pressure on them at much younger ages. If you're not a parent, I'm not asking for sympathy. It'a a great job, no matter how hard it can be.