I am a bit neurotic.
A smidge anal retentive, if you will.
But only concerning some things. So, let me 'splain.
I am a homeschooler. And I know it's all one word, no matter how many times the spell checker tells me it's not. And as a homeschooler, I school my children at home. I have a 7 year old, an almost 6 year old, and a four year old.
The older two are both in first grade and doing great. The other one? She could basically care less.
We do a sticker book for her school. (For now, she is only four you know.) It is filled with colorful stickers of shapes, letters, numbers, colors, animals, trucks, and stuff like that. And I love it. She does too. The premise of this book is that you find the appropriate sticker and place it on the outline where it belongs.
My issue is that she wants to put them in the book herself.
Normally, I wouldn't care. It's just that she gets the stickers, well, crooked sometimes. Even when she's being careful and everything.
And it makes me twitch.
Today we were working on 'construction trucks'. I was a little pressed for time, so I was 'helping' put the stickers in for her. More than once her finger people (um, her actual fingers that she pretends are people who help her do her school and talk in different high pitched voices) asked when it would be their turn. Shame.
I just couldn't bear the thought of all those crooked stickers. I mean, is it normal to want to get her book out after she's gone to bed and straighten them all? Or to include some sort of straight edge in the sticker application process to ensure their levelness? I know your sticker-putting-on skills are not a measure of intelligence, so WHY IN THE WORLD DO I OBSESS SO???? Anyone out there a bit like me?
Anyone who will admit it?
I also have a breathing technique I use when we drive on the highway. It includes breathing out when I pass one mile marker, and breathing in when I pass the next one, and so on. You can imagine when we're going fast how many times I almost pass out.
I know, T. M. I.
Did I mention I'm a bit neurotic?
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I am a bit neurotic.