On a good day, parenting will test the integrity of your character. On a bad day, parenting will test your will to live. Parenting children with trauma histories will cause you to test the integrity of everything and everyone you thought you knew, for the rest of your life.
~J. Skrobisz

Thursday, March 31, 2011

H.R. Puff and STUFF

Dana at "what were we thinking?" asked for some acronym help. And Jamey wanted to see a pic of the new haircut. And I wanted to show you the picture Sissy and I made together at therapy at the RTC yesterday. So that's what today is all about. STUFF.

I've done this about a year ago and I think at this point should just put a sidebar link to it because as my cousin mentioned yesterday, I talk in letters. Well... yeah. I do. I'll own that. But cuz, just because I know you're reading this, I'm NOT owning SPP. And that's my story and I'm sticking to it. To everyone else, no, you're not allowed to ask me to explain the SPP acronym.

[edit] looking for the acronym dictionary? it's been moved and hyperlinked in the right sidebar!
My DIY haircut!

In therapy session yesterday, Sissy and I were asked to collaborate on a drawing. The objective was for us to pretend we were fish and to draw on aquarium we could both live in. What did we HAVE to have individually to be happy? Together to be happy?  What could we absolutely not tolerate? Etc.

Sissy wanted an aquarium that people could view in a public way, creating a tunnel passage that people could walk under.  Then she and I drew our fish.  Mine is the fat purple one and hers is the tiny pink one.  Then I said, "what do you HAVE to have?" and she said, "A stingray" which she drew between us. 

OK.  So let's get this straight.  The first thing she wanted was a public-viewing, all-access pass for strangers to ogle our fishy lives.

THEN she had to have a stingray, arguably the LARGEST item in the aquarium and it is RIGHT BETWEEN US and she made sure to draw the barb on the tail... in a different color even!!!

Next she said she had to have sharks. I said, "uh, yeah, I can't live with sharks. But I do need fresh air." We compromised by making a shark bubble tank and she wanted it on the side I was on.

I said I needed green stuff. She said she wanted it to be seaweed and could I draw it? I drew it and colored it in but she didn't like my coloring job so she colored over it.

I said I needed a quiet place to hang out. She told me it had to be a castle and to draw it on HER side of the tank (you know, on the OTHER side of the sting ray)and could she please have access to it ... "when I wasn't taking my timeouts?"

She said she needed a treasure chest of jewels to play in and that I could play in it anytime I wanted to. She said it had to be on my side. She said she needed a cat. And a starfish. And music. And it had to be Harry Potter's mermaid music egg so it could be heard underwater. (this would be the music egg that sounds HORRIBLE - HURTS THE EARS when it is played out of water) She didn't like the way I drew it so she altered it.

When the session was over, I asked her if she wanted to keep the picture. She was walking out the door and handed it over head, backward to me, without facing me and said I could keep it, she didn't want it.

Oh, and the people under the aquarium are The Dad, WG and AB. The Dad says, "yeah, she drew us UNDER her giant stingray".


Kelley said...

Love the haircut :) Looks totally cute!

Mama Drama Times Two said...

Like the new "do" - tres chic!

Heather said...

Wow! I think that drawing shows all sorts of interesting hidden emotions!

And I love the haircut!

Dana @ WhatWereWeThinking? said...

Thank you so much for the acronym list & I DEFINITELY would love a sidebar tab, please!!!

Miz Kizzle said...

Freud would have a field day with that drawing. A field day, I tell you!

Tara - SanitySrchr said...

I love the new do!