How did it get to be the end of April?
Setting: rain and 40 degrees. The house is dark. This is a day for the potato leek soup that is in the fridge and a book and a cozy chair and throw over legs. Maybe it is not a day for momentous accomplishments or even folding the wash.
Time: Monday morning. That time when online school work comes streaming in and students are supposed to get organized for the week. In this house, it is the time to wrangle Julia to help me organize her work. This morning, Julia has a check in with her case manager and a speech group.
Back story: Last week, I advocated for support from school to get school work done. Two weeks ago I advocated for her speech services to resume. The weekly plan came back this morning with no more help than last week. There is a speech group meeting this morning.
Character: Increasingly, Julia lives and talks in a fantasy of teen sex and anime violence. Lots of blood and boys obsessed with her. She talks to herself. More and more often. She resents being pulled into the reality of our lives (which, at least to me, is not so bad at all).
Plot: Julia is declaring independence today. She doesn’t want me to have anything to do with her schoolwork. Continue reading