I’ve had a slight reprieve from work today, I can go in a bit later. This of course means making up the time another day, which sucks, but right now I know I am loving having the extra time, and I know I’m making the most of it by doing a quick load of laundry and writing a long over-due Things I Know post to link up with the awesome Miss Cinders.
The biggest news this past week, well biggest celebrity news, was the passing of Cory Monteith from Glee. People were quick to speculate it was a drug overdose, because he has a history of substance abuse and recently came out of rehab. I hoped with all my might that the tox screen would come back clean, but we know now it did not. Heroin and alcohol were both in his system, and the coroner and media called it “a tragic accident.” In my mind, a tragic accident was my friend’s 3 year old being hit and killed by a train. A 31 year old man who has a drug addiction and has been in and out of treatment for his problem, who knows what will happen if he stays on this path, dying of a drug overdose seems more of a foregone conclusion than a tragic accident. If he was a random drug dealer on the street who died of an OD it would not be a “tragic accident” but because it’s Finn, it’s different. I know I am sounding heartless and callous. I know I don’t know what it’s like to have a drug addiction, or to lose a loved one to a drug addiction. That part is tragic. If it is my 31 year old son, then I’m sure my opinion would be different. I guess what I hope is that the millions of kids who loved the show Glee can see first hand what drug addictions are capable of. How many young and talented stars do we have to lose to drugs before kids wake up?
Another thing I know this week is that I’ve just done my first in-class reading help at Nick’s school. I had 5 minutes each with 6 different kids. None of them were Nick – that’s probably done on purpose but it would have been nice! Anyway, it was amazing the difference in reading levels. I feel quite confident that Nick is doing really well at school. At the very least, I know he’s not lagging behind anyone else in the class. But it was easy to tell the ones who probably have no homework help at home. I could tell the ones who didn’t know many words that have already been sight words last and this semester. I love that either The Mechanic or I sit down with Nick and do his homework every day. I suppose not all parents have the time, but I wonder how hard it is to find 15 minutes in a day to do 3 sight words and read one (very short) book? I know that kids who have great support now will probably do better later down the track.
I know the weather on the GC has been pretty much shit all year. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some pearlers. But in general, I’ve never seen so much rain in all the time I’ve lived here! It really affects my moods, it affects the industry I work in, which makes me grateful to be permanent or my shifts would be greatly reduced. I know we need rain, but I also know enough is enough!
Now I know it’s time to fold some laundry. I’m doing that to avoid wiping down the master bathroom, which is floor-to-ceiling tiles. Whoever thought that was a great idea was a complete moron. There are mould spots from all the moisture, and dust in other spots. Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend?
What do you know this week? Why don’t you link up with the lovely Miss Cinders and share?