ABC Thursdays: volume N and DONE!

I finished! What was suppose to be a 4 week class turned into a 6 month extended project. But, hey there is nothing quite like dogged stubbornness to see you through to the end…and I’d say that is exactly what my mojo became: stubbornness. And pride, probably. But it’s done and I really like it.

This is the title page, the first thing you see when you open ‘er up.

and the final letter: N!

Nature
There is no escaping nature. I live in one of the densest parts of the country, surrounded by miles and miles of pavement and concrete. To find grass, you have to look actively for it, and still, with all the buildings and paving and low tree population, nature still finds us. Right in our homes. Sometimes in our beds. Living in New York has meant battling roaches, mice and even bedbugs. It might be my least favorite feature of urban living. We currently have a tight relationship with William, our exterminator, who comes to our apartment once a month to spray his toxic poisons around our home. We tried battling things naturally for a while, but push came to shove and we bit the bullet and called in the big guns. Hopefully one day we won’t need regular extermination services, but for now we do. It’s a lot better than an itchy night’s sleep.

Now What?
I am coming up on the next stage of things. My time home with the kids won’t last forever. Soon they will both be in school and it seems like I should be shifting some of my energies back into my professional life. And I’m not quite sure what I want that to be. And honestly, I’m scared of making steps to get there. Where ever ‘there’ is. I have been writing curriculum from home off and on since Andrew was born and I would love to continue to do that, but I’m not sure that that will be available to me for as long as I’d like. I’ve thought a lot about going into educational research or becoming a professor of education. I’ve thought about getting a PhD. But honestly, I just don’t know. Part of me want to do something bold and impressive and part of me wants to keep a foot in the door…at home and live small. But most of me wants to avoid the question altogether.

and this last one is the closing wrap up.

and that is that.


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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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6 Responses to ABC Thursdays: volume N and DONE!

  1. Congrats on sticking with it and finishing it!

  2. kate o. says:

    oh yes. we, too, have a tight connection with our exterminator. whenever i call i get the sense that they think, “ah yes, the ortiz people again…”

    they wanted to tell me all about their “safe” pesticides when they saw the kiddos but honestly, after dealing with roaches and rats and flies (freaks me out just writing it all out) i could give a rip about safety ;)

    loved your thoughts on the last section. i feel like i’m entering a similar stage. some days more school and time working outside the home seems natural and right. other days i don’t even really want to think about it. we’ll see…

  3. marsha. says:

    Good for you! It’s a nice document to have, because things do change rapidly. It will be even more interesting in the future!

  4. Marti says:

    I really enjoyed this project. I’ll be sad to see it end.

    Great job, Robyn!

  5. Marti says:

    Oh, and I see you found Susan her button! :)

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