Ok, so I butchered that a bit (it is supposed to be "strange things are afoot at the Circle K", from one of my favorite movies of all time, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure).
Darren is responding nicely to his increased dosages of Concerta. Good feedback from teachers, no side effects, yet. We actually watched him "come down" from the meds yesterday evening. He went from calm, cool and collected to the crazy, uninhibited, loud and somewhat obnoxious kid he is. He likes the changes. He can tell a difference in his ability to control his impulsive behaviors (can we all sing it together..."HALLELUYAH!"). OK, so I butchered the spelling of that, I'm sure. Hey give me a break, my English degree was in literature and teaching, not spelling!
Anyway, in other news, Payton (our almost 14 year old) was, as of about 6 months ago, the same height as Darren (2.4 years apart). As of last night, Payton SKYED over Darren by almost 3 inches! He has been on such a spurt. He has a little peach fuzz on the corners of his upper lip, his voice has completely changed, he actually has real muscles, and I dare say, he is well on his way to becoming a young man. (Grace, Molly Robinson sounds WAY cool by the way). Wait a minute. There is NO WAY I'm old enough to have a 14 year old!!!! I'm only 37. Oh, but wait, when my Mom was 37, I was 20. OOPS. If I were to keep up with my Mom, I'd be a Grandma in 3 years. Ummmmmm NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! I'm sure Payton would concur. And the bowl full of condoms is located right next to the front door. (Not litterally, but, boy, ya know what I mean?).
Speaking of condoms, I met the Director of "Grant Getting" for Planned Parenthood today. Obviously that's not her official title, but it describes who she is and what she does. She reports directly to the big cheesette of PP. What a fabulous organization. They were there for me, and I will do my best to make sure that all of the young women that I will be dealing with over the next several years know of their services. It was an honor and a HUGE pat on the back when she approved of my parenting techniques when it comes to sex ed and talking to your kids. I think I just broke my arm patting myself on the back.
Speaking of Sex Ed. Did you see the hideous results that the Texas (AKA: BUSH) abstenance program has reported????? Can we have a collective...DUHHHHHH!!!!!!