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Friday, November 13, 2009

Past to Present to Past....AGAIN

The past...I thought that when kids grew up, they grew up.... but the neighborhood bully proved today that he has not. Trying to provoke a disabled person is common in kids, but adults? It is insane! He grew up and lives on the same street as his parents!
Summers were a time of frequent conflict with the kids on our street. Most of them were boys, which made the social competition intense, to say the least. I was always happy to see August come and the kids go back to school. Not because mine would be traipsing off, but because the rest of them would and that meant more tranquility. We had to look for friends in other places such as church and our home school support group where adults were present to mediate and redirect. Even if there were conflicts in those places, the structure made for a better social experience than just hanging out with other kids and little or no supervision. Children left to themselves tend to be merciless to one another, and especially to one who is different. How sad that some adults do the same.

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Hi, I am Teri West, a wife, retired home schooling mom, 2nd year breast cancer survivor, crafter, musician, and primitive artist living and working in Kentuckiana, (the Louisville, KY and S. Indiana area). My family heritage is in the hills of Eastern Kentucky and Southern Ohio. I grew up in Louisville, Ky and attended Eastern KY University and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating with degrees from both in education. I married in 1979 and have three grown children, one a degreed artist, one a techie/artist, and an autistic one, a photographic artist. Hubby is a techie. I work out of my home creating primitive items for friends, family, and you. My loves are American folk music, primitive crafting, and American folk art which all emanate from my devotion to my faith, family and friends. I belong to the Louisville Dulcimer Society and I play mountain dulcimer, guitar, violin, native flute, tin whistle, bowed psaltry, and ukelele as well.