After I read this morning what I had written late last night, I was surprised at how well I could remember something I had stashed pretty far back in my mind. I've never kept a journal or done this kind of writing before. I can put together a pretty decent business letter in the esoteric and archaic language of my last profession (ocean marine insurance) thanks to E. B. White and "Elements of Style" as well as a thorough grounding in grammar and spelling way back when but I was never the diary type, or so I thought.
Part of it is my handwriting. I'm a southpaw switched to right handed because that's what they did back then. I think left handed, sweep a floor and bat a ball left handed, and don't write worth a darn with either one. Cursive is a painful exercise for me; I have to almost draw my letters and if I go too fast, I either skip letters, or even I can't read the finished product. My printing's fine but slow. I handwrote nothing that I didn't absolutely have to. I typed everything.
When Carol started school, I sent a note (printed, not cursive), which said "Carol is left handed; I want her to stay that way". The teacher told me quickly that nobody did that anymore. Right, but I just wanted to make sure. Elcie's a leftie too which made writing a little more difficult for her. She has some fine motor control problems which aren't obvious at first glance but show up with things like controlling a pencil. She had a lot of therapy when she was younger to overcome most of it and the school district bought her a laptop that will stay with her all the way through high school. I don't see any sense in forcing her to write long stories or essays when she can type them. Finally the school agreed with some prodding from her "special needs" advocate and me. We're discussing putting a typing tutor on her school computer and copying the same program for this one. If she could build up her typing skills (zero as of now), it could make a difference in her future. I tried showing her the way I learned but she gets frustrated. The computer tutor would be better.
Today is going through my cd's day. I still haven't figured out the space problem but if I sort them into classical and all other it won't matter if they're not all on the same shelf. I don't know if I'm efficient, anal, or lazy - sometimes they're the same thing. I hate having to hunt for things. This applies only to my own stuff and the kitchen. If the girls want to spend an hour looking for the watercolors, they should have put them back where they came from in the first place. They come to ask me about a missing shoe - I push the play button on "gee , the last time I wore it I put it right back where I found it". It helps to have preprogammed responses to some things.
I'll talk to my friend about moving that box on the right hand side. She stays very busy so we may see it there for a while.
Back to the beginning - journals. I'm beginning to see the value of putting things down on paper (figuratively). I think it does help although the last thing I want is to turn this into a self-indulgent, whiny, narrative. Enjoy your day everyone.