9.09.2008

Not So Happy Camper

Thank you for the whittled knitting needle love - it appears that I have found myself yet another hobby. We're planning another overnight camping trip in a few weeks and you can bet I'll take a tapestry needle and a Swiss Army knife.

The truth is I whittled those knitting needles because I couldn't not knit. Ever since the kids decided to go back to school I've been knitting for therapy. Good, old fashioned escapism. The kids really do love going to school, but I'm not so fond of our new lifestyle. School is like the job you can't leave at the office. It has cast a rather large shadow over my life. I should have seen it coming; I felt just the same way when Avery attended public school the first time. It was one of the many reasons we decided to homeschool several years ago.

Einstein was dead on with his definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Every day we do the same thing over and over again. Get up, eat breakfast, pack lunch, brush hair, brush teeth, tie shoes and run out the door. Get home, do homework, eat dinner, read books, brush teeth, go to sleep. It really is insane. I miss the freedom and variety we had while homeschooling.

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Therefore I knit. Life is better when I have at least one needle, or four, in my hands. Knit one, purl one, knit one, purl one. I do the same thing over and over again and the results are the same each time. Sanity. Don't be surprised if you see a lot of knitting here in the months to come. It's just me trying to accept that which I cannot change. At least not until the next school year rolls around.

16 comments:

  1. You should have titled this: I knit, therefore I am.
    Why don't you come down and have lunch with me sometime soon? I'd love to show you our new offices.
    I've just been in contact with Zoe, I looking over some City forms and there was her name! I'm sure all your friends are hoping they will be recipients of the extra knitting time!

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  2. i know what you mean. it's been hard for us (read: me) to adjust to the system this year. i'm tired of it - and yet I think it is good for my boy. at least this year.

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  3. Oh honey. I'm sure you'll get into a rhythm with your time that you enjoy. If I were there, I'd hang out with you and we'd knit together.

    My kids are out of school at 2:15 which I think makes the schedule easier to handle - we have almost 4 hours before dinner time to have some fun.

    Thinking of you!

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  4. i find knitting therapeutic, too. i hope it soothes your soul.

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  5. I totally understand where you are coming from except our mad dash is get up, eat breakfast, to the dayhome, downtown to work, then mad dash back to the dayhome, home to dinner, a couple hours then bed. To do it all again the next day. Knitting is therapeutic. I do that, and many other hobbies, for the very same reason. Here's to trying to keep our sanity.

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  6. Knitting really is awesome meditation. I've started knitting for Christmas and am worried about what I'll do when the gifts are done. Find more things to knit I guess!

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  7. I know I'm being redundant, but you are cool.... and so are your socks!

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  8. looking forward to seeing your finished projects!

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  9. I'm so sorry you're feeling out of sorts with the school. I'm sort of feeling the same way about work right now. :) Therefore I knit too, I guess. I'm looking forward to a little camp knitting in a week and a half, too. At least you have pretty orange yarn on your needles. What are you making that into?

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  10. I'm reminded of your photograph of the serenity prayer tattoo. Every stitch a reminder - a prayer -

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  11. Oh, Molly. This made me sad to read. What you said is true, though.

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  12. for the love of knitting...funny this post sounds so familiar. :)

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  13. lol, i feel the insanity coming also. school starts at 8, i have to drive him there bc we have no school busses, then at noon i have to pick him up..... then hours of homework for 1st grader and then he is so pissed that he does not want to do anything but play some time with pc, some eating between, maybe a cartoon or smth and go to sleep....

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  14. those shiny needles look like they'll do you good!

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