Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Just Checking In

This is what my dining room table looks like right now:


I'm deep in an editing haze, as the kids in my writing workshop have final drafts of their personal narratives due next Monday.  This has been consuming me, as not only is it labor-intensive work, but the stories are all really painful.  They're writing about their parents' incarceration, but unfortunately, when parents are incarcerated, a lot of other horrific factors come into play.  Most of these stories include tales of abuse, neglect, homelessness, hunger, etc . . . and I'm not sure I've been dealing with the stress of it all very well.

They're presenting their stories a week from Wednesday, and my life will resume some normalcy.  All these kids will forever be in my heart, though.  Their lives have been so unfair.

Hope your weeks are going well, and I'll (hopefully) be back tomorrow!

13 comments:

Meghan said...

Holy cow! I can't imagine what it would be like to edit such stories. Good luck, Claire! :)

undomestic chica said...

I think I've told you before but you are a saint! Part of the reason I didn't stick with psychology was because I wasn't sure how I'd be bale to leave it at the office at the end of the day.

AmericanBridget (Jones) said...

What I notice about this post is at least you are a MAC girl! Word to the Mac! Beats a PC any ole day, eh?

Also, given what you do with kids who have incarcerated parents, you would make an AWESOME Child Advocate or CASA. I volunteer through the court system and represent abused and neglected kids who are part of the CPS system and I advocate as their voice in court and what is in THEIR best interest. You seem like the type that would be SO GREAT doing this type of volunteer work. I mean, this world needs more people like you to continue making a difference in the lives of our kids!

H. Gillham said...

i know, sweetie, i know

Erin @ Sassin' Southern Style said...

Are you using all of those adorable editing characters like the lowercase "e" loop and the backwards "P" with the stick for indentations? *sigh* I love editing characters.

You are doing such an amazingly wonderful thing and as always, I'm so proud of you.

Deals, Steals and Heels said...

it's such an awesome thing you're doing...but times like this i wish we weren't a whole country apart, i'd deliver some wine asap!!

Megan said...

It must be so tough hearing all their stories first hand. But it is probably doing them so much good being able to share their experiences and having people to listen to them. And at the same time improving a skill, you are helping them out so much.
I am going to a conference on youth justice next month and I am so excited about it. I just don't know how we can think that placing kids, who have had such a disadvantaged background, in prison is actually helping, there has to be a better solution.

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Good luck editing! It is already hard to read and I can barely imagine living those stories!

It has been a while. I've been reading, but am bad about commenting. You are a rock star and a light for these kids Claire!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Fash Boulevard said...

oh my goodness, my guess is that isn't the first or last cup of coffee. lol. Stay strong! Fabulous post, love! If you get a sec, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. xo

www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

Mrs. Monologues said...

Girl, you are amazing, have I told you that lately. Writing it out is probably so healing for them though!

Miss Caitlin S. said...

ah- it takes a special person to be able to read about all of that. I'm sorry to hear that you've been stressed a bit about it- totally understandable.

:)

melifaif said...

They are SOOOO lucky to have you.

Matthew Snope said...

My old colleague Sean at SRJC Philosophy uses a green pen to mark up/grade student work. He thinks it's a more relaxing, less dreadful color.