...we will now resume our regularly scheduled programming.
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. And when it does, you have to figure out how to deal with it. That's exactly what happened to me almost two weeks ago, and I am just now getting back to dealing with "every day" life.
I have a son. He's a teenager. Life can be rough on teens. Oh sure, they can be melodramatic about how hard their lives are. We won't let them borrow the car, their curfew is unfair, a girl doesn't like them, their teacher gives the longest homework assignments over the weekend, their friends don't have to keep their rooms clean, and the list goes on and on. But, sometimes, it really can be hard. My son made that point loud and clear when he threatened to kill himself. I'm not talking about that melodrama; that, "the world is against me and I hate my life" stuff. I'm talking about the fact that I looked into my son's eyes and knew - absolutely, positively knew - that he meant every word he said. If something wasn't done, there was a good chance he was not going to be alive the next day. And I have rarely been as scared as I was at that moment.
My son was sent to the hospital for evaluation. He is currently seeing a doctor on a weekly basis. Family counseling has started. He has made promises to me and his doctor that he will not hurt himself, and I pray every night that he means it.
A teenager's life may not be a hard as ours. They may not have to raise a family, or go to work every day, or pay the bills - but they have stress, and it can be too much too deal with. So talk to your kids. Listen to what they are saying, and what they are not saying. And don't downplay their problems - because they are just as real as yours or mine.
Tomorrow, I will be back to blogging about all things scrapbook related. But I wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten about you. I just needed to make sure my family was okay and get some firm ground back under me again.