Thursday, February 26, 2015

Cuz I'm All About That Narcissism

Bout that narcissism, no treble.

A bit (read: quite filtered, appropriate for the internet update) about me.

I graduated.
I graduated from college.
Finally.
At age 92.


I lactated my way through life during the years when most people are at college.
So after 18 years of staying home caring for tiny humans, I went back to school. 
Number of people in my family that have ever graduated before: 0.
Number of other 92 year olds that were in my cohort with me: 1.

This is Kathy. She was born in the 1800's like me!

We became fast friends when we looked around on the first day and realized that we were the only two people born back in the horse and buggy days. It felt good to have someone else in the class that didn't entirely know who the heck Rhianna was or what "Turn Up" means. To say we greatly exceeded the marginal age of the youngens around us was well....true. Nary had their loins seen a child emerge from them. Babies ya'll. They were babies.

So I done did get that educkation and I feels smart now.
It really helps me understand how to better vacuum the floors and do the laundry more effectively.
No.
No it doesn't.
I'm back to being at home with the kids and being domesticated, which I love.
But at the same time, dare I say I am truly eager to use my brain to expand out of the household responsibilities.
It's hard.
The figuring out the balance is hard.

My undergrad degree is in social work and I will be starting the Masters of Social Work program...I'm assuming.....still waiting for admission decisions to be released....waaaaaaa......in the summer which will be a quick 3 semester accelerated program; summer, fall, spring. So I will graduate with my MSW when Jordan graduates from high school next May.
After that I am going to REALLY good at cleaning the floors.
No.
No I'm not.
So for now I am enjoying making the cookies after school, schlepping around in my yoga pants(that have never seen any actual yoga nor any other exercise) at the grocery store, cooking and cleaning up after all of these peoples and relishing the fact that there is no 20 page paper waiting for my attention.





Onward.

*Thank you all for being so supportive of my return to all things social media. I've missed writing. I've missed connection. Ya'll are like one great big giant hug from dear friends and also from strangers that I've never met.....which sounds creepy but.....ya know....oddly isn't. Just wanted to say thank you. Props.*

13 comments:

  1. Oh, Sonia!! Woo-hoo!!!! Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment! Cheers and blessings to you!--Joy

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  3. Congrats! Sooo impressive!

    I had to google for 'turn up'. I'm officially a fossil ! ! !

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  4. So glad you are back! And great going on the college degree! Just gonna let ya know...I only have two monkeys plus a super flexible job situation, work from home, drive into the office two days a week, no clock punching...and it still isn't easy! A wise woman once told me to ditch the term "work/life balance" because it does not exist, never has, never will. How do you balance a kid with a fever or one pueking in the middle of the night with a 12 noon deadline for some report? You don't. Your child's needs will always trump some stupid report that has no bearing on the feelings of your child being cared for by their mother. She told me to embrace work/life integration. It is a choice to work in a constant mode of multitasking-whether you like working that way or not. I know that I could only have a job that allowed me to integrate motherhood. Like now...if my kids are sick, they go with me to the office or stay at home with me. If I need to be off the work radar I do it and just get work done after dinner when hubby gets home

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  5. The thing that I think you will enjoy about this new direction is that the area of work you have chosen will always be purpose driven. I am so thankful that moms like you are going into the area of social work. I think you are the solution to a very broken system. If an army of moms with your life experience and common sense would invade the world of social work I have to believe that it would create a huge tidal wave of change. I am an accountant about to embark on a 6 month wind down of my job and trying to figure out what I am going to do in the next chapter. Keep on writing...I find your real life experiences very inspiring, thought provoking and just plain funny... And I always need some funny!

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  6. Girl, I love you! If I ever grow up, I wanna be just like you! I love these pics, you make me proud!

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  7. Many congratulations! Fab achievement ☺

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  8. Good for you! There's something about having that degree that makes you feel smarter when mopping the floor- trust me! :) When my kids see my hubs as the smart one (since he works and I don't), I remind them I have more degrees than he does and their eyes get really wide, like, wow, maybe Mom DOES know a thing or two...even though we just see her mop! :)

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  9. I graduated from college the same year my first born graduated from high school. It was fun BUT not easy!!! Congratulations!!

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  10. This is awesome!!! Congratulations!

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  11. YOU GRADUATED!!!!!! OH MY GOODNESS, YOU GRADUATED!!!! I AM SOOOOOO VERY PROUD OF YOU!!! You graduated:)) That makes me so happy! Congratulations!!!!
    Loves...

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  12. Horse and buggy days??? 1800’s??? Really??? Well at least I look amazing for 92 LOL. OK So there a couple of grammar errors and many spelling errors, oh wait, I'm not proof reading one of your papers……again, sorry, hard to kick THAT habit. In all seriousness I could not have made it through without you and you know how close I was to chucking it as it was no secret I was not a fan of the program but anywho......it was apparently not only our prehistoric age that bonded us but our complete goofiness which is rare to find in people OUR age, although clearly I was the funnier one. From the first day I ignored you I knew I had found a forever friend, Sonia you will make an amazing social worker and dare I say it it is NOT the piece of paper that will do that, it's your experience as a mom, a Christian, and overall caring nature that will impact the lives of those who need it most and who will be fortunate to have you as their social worker.

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