Following My Therapist's Suggestion . . .

Monday, January 3, 2011

Following My Therapist's Suggestion . . .

                                                                           (Mom and me out to eat in Seattle)

I am not usually one that follows the great advice of others as I tend to be somewhat of a rebel that way, but this time I am. First let me explain that yes, I do see a therapist. It keeps me sane and helps me handle the stress of taking care of Mom 24/7. I shudder to think what I would be like if I didn't seek out a bit of care taking for myself in the midst of trying to take care of her.

 

For the last year I have been taking classes at University of Washington extension, and at Highline Community College. I did the Paralegal program at UW and took some abstract paralegal classes at HCC to accompany what I was getting at UW. So now I am a certified paralegal, but have no intention of going to work as one. Someday in the future I dream of attending law school, but only time will tell if that is meant to be for me. I enjoyed school. I enjoyed getting away from Mom for a couple of hours two days a week. It was good for me, and despite what Mom might think, it was good for her to be away from me too. Since I had finished the program at UW I didn't register for any classes for the Fall quarter. I quickly regretted my decision not to take class.

 

Thankfully my relationship with my therapist is open and honest. She cautioned me that I might want to take something. Anything that would get me out of the house and away from mom for a few hours, two days a week. This winter quarter I have registered for a class. A digital photography class, and today was the first day of school.

 

Not only am I excited for the class, and my new camera, but I have 3 good friends from the paralegal program that are taking the class too. How odd is that? So, not only do I have a fun class to attend, I have friends in the class to go on photo shoots with. This is going to be a fun semester.
 
Phil is such a gem, he is going to come home early on the two afternoons I have class, to stay with Mom. I am one lucky woman :)

 

Marileigh

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