Thursday, September 30, 2010

Going Pink for October

October is Breast Cancer awareness month so I am going pink.

I found a lump when I was 29, I was so scared, it all turned out ok.  It was a cyst.  Ever since then I have been more aware of Breast Cancer and programs for raising awareness.

Go Pink!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I Feel Like a Failure

Robbie was in a specialized Kindergarten class.  Every morning he was excited to go to school.  Every afternoon he would tell us all the things he liked about school.  Apparently he was crying in class due to frustration, he was not getting his work done on time and would have times that sitting still was hard.  Sounds like a normal Kindergarten kid to me.  We were never told any of this.  Homework that came home came back with "good job" stamps.  It did say that he needed to slow down and concentrate with his work.  I had also let the school know that we were dealing with a death in the family and that Robbie was reacting to that.

Robbie is reading at a grade 2-3 level, he understands science concepts at a grade 4-5 level yet he has been kicked out of Kindergarten!!!!!

We were called into the Vice-Principal's office tonight having no idea what was going on.  After she gave her spiel that it was Robbie's best interest they were looking out for (which I don't believe).  She took us to Robbie's classroom so he could show Daddy.  While we were in there his teacher came to the door, saw us and walked away without even saying "hello".  I think that is what made me the most angry.  I found that so RUDE!

Because it is an alternative program we have no action to take.  The school makes the rules of who to take and who to keep.  This is so wrong.

It was so hard explaining to Robbie that he would be going to a different school.  We are trying to keep our disappointment out of it so that Robbie does not think he did something wrong.

I have been crying my eyes out for the last hour.  I have failed my baby!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Rest in Peace Nanny

My Nanny died last Saturday, she was my last living grandparent. I only met my Nanny when I was 26? Weird? Yes, but you see this is my biological grandma. Since I was adopted in the '70s there was not such thing as "Open Adoption" because of this I have no memories of my Nanny from before. My middle name is Edith after my Nanny (Margaret comes from my other birth-grandmother).

What I do remember about Nanny is that she was loving and supportive. Nanny would give someone the "shirt off her back" if she thought that they needed it. The one thing that I loved about meeting Nanny was learning some of my South African heritage. My great-grandma was from Cape Colony (now Cape Town). I was also able to see the house where my birth-mother grew up in, I actually slept in her old bedroom one night. Nanny also gave me some things that she made and some doilies that my great-grandmother made. I treasure these things.

On a trip for a Family Reunion I took Sean and Robbie to meet my grandma. I am so glad that she was able to meet my son and husband. She told me that she was glad that I was happy.

Nanny, I will miss you!

Edith Florence "Flo" CORY

April 16, 1923 - September 4, 2010


(Member of Pine Ridge Bible Chapel)
Passed peacefully on Saturday September 4, 2010 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. Florence in her 88th year. Dear wife of the late Roy Thomas Cory. Loving mother of Doreen Benford (the late Ken), the late Donna Norris (Mike), Delia Aldsworth (Stan), Cindy MacDonald (Tim), Donald Cory (Evelyn), Gordon Cory (Beverly), Marion Glazier (Ralph) and predeceased by June Lightizer. Beloved grandmother of 20, great-grandmother of 30, and great-great-grandmother of 1. Survived by sisters Connie, Sandra, Bev and brothers Harry and Bob. Relatives and friends may call at MCINTOSH-ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King Street East, Oshawa (905-433-5558) on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. A service will be held in the chapel on Friday, September 10, 2010 at 1:00 pm. Interment Groveside Cemetery. Donations in memory of Florence made to the Pine Ridge Bible Chapel or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by her family.