General catch up post and an eight year old talks marriage!

Wow, it’s been a while since my last post and I know many of you will be wondering what I’ve been up to. Well, my son has been going really great at the Wednesday homeschooling social group we joined. I hadn’t realised that I had joined a ‘gifted kids’ group, and I was wondering why all the kids were so smart and why my son seemed to fit in and get along with them better than he had previously. Now I know! Woo hoo!

Yes, he’s caused one or two issues, but nothing big and let’s face it, he’s now been going for 6 weeks and each week he plays with a lovely group of kids of various ages for about 4 hours! I don’t need to be on his tail the whole time, and I don’t need to keep talking to him, he’s just playing and I get to chat and listen to the other parents, which is great for me. So we’ve been pretty busy socialising lately.

I’ve also been a very busy bee. The dress rehearsal for my School of Rock performance is on this Friday, so I’ve been doing lots of practising for that. I went through a bit of a crisis of confidence last week where I was almost going to quit the show because of feeling like I just couldn’t handle the stress. I started getting pinched muscles in my neck and had hurt my shoulder. I’m not really sure why, I’m really getting most of the songs to sound awesome, but there are just one or two that I’m struggling with and need to work on more. I decided yesterday though before going to the rehearsal that I needed to teach my son a lesson here, and not run away from it because it was hard. I told my son how I was feeling and that I wasn’t even sure whether I was actually bored with it or whether I was just scared of failing. I explained that I had made a commitment to the group though and that I needed to change the way I was thinking about it to make it fun for myself and not worry so much. That if I didn’t sound as good as I wanted to on the day, it wouldn’t be the end of the world, but that I had to give it a try and see it through. So that’s what I did. I just decided to stop being a wuss and get on with enjoying the experience. Consequently, last nights rehearsal was really great. I had fun and I performed really well. I was a bit pitchy on one song, but who cares, that happens sometimes and it’s a song usually sung in a very high falsetto voice by a man!

Apart from singing I was recently invited to a talk at the Gifted With Learning Difficulties Support Group. That was very exciting for me. They wanted to hear about my experience with the documentary as well as just general information on how I parent my son. I had a really great night and was invited by one of the audience members to come and be their guest speaker at a different event for a similar support group. Yay. I love talking and it is really great that people seem to enjoy listening to me 🙂

Apart from all that stuff, here are some funny conversations I’ve had with the boy this past couple of weeks.

In the car on the way home from social group.

Son: “Mummy, how old do I have to be before I’m allowed to get married?”

Me: “Ummmmm……. 25…..”

Son: “Oh! That’s a really long time to wait!”

Me: “Yes, but it gives you a good amount of time to learn how to be a good friend first and then find the perfect lovely girl for you.”

Son: “But I’ve already found her! I know who I want to marry!”

I had a good idea who he meant. He’s a bit in love with one of the girls at the homeschooling social group.

Me: “Well, that’s great! Now you have all those years to practise being a really great friend and boyfriend and finding out what would make her love you back and want to marry you when you are both 25.” …. see what I did there… future girlfriends will love me for that I’m sure!

Son: “Yeah… I guess so.”

As we drove to North Sydney to pick Daddy up from work as he was driving me into town to see the Sydney Vivid festival. I was going on a harbour cruise with a couple of girlfriends and Daddy and the boy were going to see the festival themselves.

Me: “Oh bugger! I forgot to put my wedding rings on.”

Son: “Oh no! What if someone asks you to marry them?!”

Me: “I don’t think that will happen, it will be OK.”

Son: “But what if someone thinks you are very beautiful and decides that they love you?!”

Me: “Well, it usually doesn’t happen that fast, usually they would want to go on a few dates first, so I promise I won’t accept any invitations to have a date OK?”

Son: “Ok, just tell them, ‘no thanks, I’m already married, I just forgot my rings.”

Me: “Yep, I’ll do that.”

Well, that’s us for now. I really need to get onto the post about the renovated bedroom  one of these days. It’s nice having so many new social avenues opened up to our family and activities that we’ve doing, but man, I’m not used to all this running around any more!

Wish me luck for a good performance on Friday and I’ll post some video of the show next week.

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