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January is severely kicking my butt. I visited with a friend yesterday — who also suffers from depression that is worst in January — and it was so good to talk with her and find that we are so similar in our crazy, meaning that I’m not the only one who’s, as she put it, treading water while a big powerful wave pulls me further out to sea. I mean, I knew I wasn’t the only one, but to talk with someone else going through exactly what I’m going to is both rad and sucky.

Anyway, yesterday was one of the worse days, and then I got a phone call from Kaylie that went something like this:

“Mama, someone brought a real gun to school and it exploded and I’m scared. Can you come get me?”


“Yea, I want to come home.”

“I’m coming to get you right now.”

“Okay … um … I just have to make sure it’s okay with my teacher that I go home.”

“No, you tell your teacher you’re leaving because I’m your mom and I’m the boss of you and you are coming home.”


Um, yea, so that was fun. Apparently an 11-year-old Grade 5 boy (THE SAME GRADE AS KAYLIE)(just a different class) brought a gun to school and it went off in his backpack in his locker cubby hook thing. (How is that even possible? Is that just the story they’re going with? That it “went off”?) Apparently he didn’t know that it was loaded. The front page of this morning’s paper had a quote from a police officer which said, “Initially our officers thought he may have taken it as something to show friends.” So that means that he didn’t just take it to show his friends, so WHY did he bring it to school? Nobody was hurt and school went on, although kids were given the option of going home if they wanted to. When I got there, there were cops and a news station outside.

I’m glad she has no school tomorrow (previously scheduled day off) because I’m pretty sure I’d keep her home anyway. I’m not letting myself go into the what-ifs of a kid BRINGING A LOADED GUN TO SCHOOL because they are just horrible, like what if he brought it to the playground and pretended to shoot one of his friends in a “game” and actually shot him or her? What if the gun didn’t hit a metal water bottle in the kid’s backpack, but was aimed out at the kids? WHAT IF? I just can’t think about it. Homeschooling starts on Monday. (I’m kidding.)(Kind of.)

Anyway, on to things that don’t involve guns in my kid’s school.

At Canadian Family: 3 Great Baby Gates for Little Ones on the Move

Daily Flickr Photos:
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01/20/12 {headache cure}

01/21/12 {reading by lamplight}

01/22/12 {Brady}


01/24/12 {ice in the branches}

01/24/12 {ice in the branches}

01/26/12 {Kaylie in the snow}

Categories: anxiety/depression, parenting is hard

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  • Angella Friday, January 27, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Love the photos, commiserating with the January suck, but let’s get to the whole “gun at school” thing.

    *Cue Craig Ferguson’s voice*

    THE ‘ELL???

  • Kami Friday, January 27, 2012, 3:32 pm

    Good gravy on the gun thing! What the hell did he bring it to school for…shaking head. I could go on….

    I would consider homeschooling too and you know how I feel about that:)

    And big hugs to get you through this slump, I am sending you strength!


  • Erica Friday, January 27, 2012, 5:49 pm

    I am with you on January – ugh. I was absolutely ready for a new year, but the last 27 days have kicked my ass.
    Thank God for good friends!
    Scary to hear about the gun thing! So thankful no one was injured.

    (Also, Preston is adorable!)

  • Dawn Friday, January 27, 2012, 6:44 pm

    Oh you are in good company! We are swimming in the same ocean. I hope this month gets better for you! I keep trying to be positive and just think, January is almost over!

  • Nicole Friday, January 27, 2012, 10:29 pm

    I’ve been sinking this month, big time. Yesterday there was a much needed break in the clouds and a little light came through. Here’s hoping you get a glimpse of light, too.

  • Ashley Saturday, January 28, 2012, 12:09 pm

    O-M-G! You have just solidified it. I’m going to lock my kids in a padded room for the rest of their lives. Safety first right?

    How do 11 year olds get guns? It made my blood run cold.

    So glad nothing scary happened!

    ps. Love the photo of Preston & the DVD’s, his expression is priceless.

  • ARC Monday, January 30, 2012, 2:48 pm

    Wait, I’m so confused. Why the heck didn’t the school notify the parents of what was going on and send everyone home while they investigated? Why did you have to find out from your kid first?

    And also, aren’t the gun laws in Canada *really* strict? Or is that just something I’ve heard (incorrectly), living in the (cowboy land) U.S.?

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