I was reading about the mom who was concerned about the teacher doing the comparisons between tv shows regarding character development and see that I need to join the group to comment. Well, heck yeah! I'm in.
My child is a young adult now, supporting herself and in college 1/2 time. Her teenage angst was the most painful thing we went through but, we survived and we are still connected. Some say because we were so close the pulling apart had to be painful.. who knows... But she's an incredibly strong person and a beautiful young woman holding her own in the world - maybe not the way I wanted her to do it... but she's doing it none-the-less on her own terms.
I currently work for a federally grant funded research lab that develops self-management software for individuals with cognitive disabilities such as autism, Down syndrom, traumatic brain injury, the elderly, and more. We peel off IP and package it under another name so we can bring some of the research in the form of tools to the market because people need it now. It's rewarding work because we know we can help so many folks.
In my personal life, I'm a ski fanatic and one of the few women alpine ski patrollers so my winters are filled with days in the snow and helping people when they get hurt.. even when I'm not on duty, I find myself helping... I also work with a local ski shop where we charter buses with drivers and fill them with people and take them to the mountains to ski and play in the snow. Some days we take as many as 350 people to the mountains... and bring them all home at the end of the day. I train all the chaperones and assign them to oversee the patrons on the buses. Many of them are young teens whose parents trust us to bring them home... I advise all my chaperones to be the best role model they can be.
I live with a crusty old parrot that I've had for 27 years, a couple of rescue cats, a small rescue dog, and 4 chickens.. (Fresh eggs - yum!). My home is modest and I'm happy... I try to savor each moment and... when it all comes down to it.. I just try really hard to be the person my dog thinks I am... every day.