Go Work, Young Man

One of the bonuses having lived with bipolar disorder for over 40 years is that you can see the signs of creeping depression in others. I see it in my students when they have trouble showing up to class for weeks at a time or sleep through most of their school day. I see it in myself when my energy level plummets despite having had plenty of sleep, and, at about 11 o’clock this morning, when I...

Rearranging Life

RearrangementsThing1 returned home from college today, saddled with the knowledge that he won’t be going back until September. He’s in the same boat as millions of other college kids around the country who are rearranging their futures right now. Thing1 has spent the past few years rearranging his future thanks to his chronic illness, but this is the first time that a nationwide phenomenon...

Care in the Age of Corona

A few weeks before exams, Thing1's school sends around a mailer that lets parents fill out a greeting card and select an assortment of "healthy" candies and snack foods to get through the rigors of studying and testing. Most of the letters from Thing1's college are pleas for money for one reason or another, but this one always gives me the giggles. The first mailer instantly had me mentally...

Here’s to the Nice Guys

One of the best gifts any parent can get is a sign that they're raising a nice guy or gal. The boots drying by the woodstove yesterday morning were my signs. Thing1 came home from college for the day Friday to schlep his brother home from school and to help out around the house while the Big Guy and I were at the hospital. He had the wood bin loaded by the time we got back and, with the...

Quality Time

When my sister and I were kids my mom spent a lot of time studying for her masters and then her doctorate in History. I remember wishing she would play with us more, but I don’t remember resenting her time in her office. Now, as I work on my master’s, I follow her footsteps into my office many nights, reading until late in the evening after my lessons are planned for the next day at school....