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Walk to end bullying

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I have 3 grandkids in the same elementary school, and yesterday morning one of them asks me if I was going to go walk with them yesterday afternoon. Of course no one had thought to let me know earlier. The whole school (it's a small school) does walks like this for different purposes a couple of times a year. They are just a couple of blocks from our downtown area (which is not a large area either LOL) and they walk from the school down town a ways and then back up to the school. The whole route is about 3/4 mile. Last year was the first time I knew about it when they had a walk to raise awareness of autism last spring. This time it was to end bullying. I worked it into my work schedule and the walk started at 1:30. Two of my grandkids are 5th graders and are too busy with their friends to want me to walk with them but my 2nd grader was the one who had wanted me there so I walked with her. The whole school was carrying little signs and they had a banner the kids in front were carrying. We all chanted "bullying stops here" all the way. It was fun, and a topic that is serious to me. I was one of those bullied kids in school because of my weight, but bullying back then left a lot of scars but wasn't to the same degree those doing the bullying take now. It's unreal what some kids will do now days. Anyway, weather was great, part of it is uphill, I got to support the cause, school, and grandkids, and it only took about 1/2 hour to get the kids out there and do the walk. I'm so glad I get to do things like this with my grandkids. There were only about 5 or 6 people besides students and staff that were there. Of course, unfortunately my daughters don't do this type of thing, but at least I am there for them. Of course my daughters cheer me on and tell me how great I am for being there for the kids. But hopefully one day they will wake up and become more involved. My mom never did things like this with us. My younger brother was 10 years younger than me, and once I got a driver's license I was the one to take him to his school band performances and other things and be there. But that's a whole different story I'm not going to get started on. Anyway, it makes me so happy to be there for my grandkids. Wish I had my other grandkids who live out of state closer so I could be there for them. My sons are more involved but I still would love to be more a part of their lives. But it is what it is and there are not good job opportunities and both my older sons like having big city opportunities near them too. One lives in Fort Worth and the other lives in Shawnee, OK, about 30 minutes from Oklahoma City.
So anyway, I've got to get ready to drive 2 hours to a staff meeting. Between online trainings for 7 days and a staff meeting today of our team, which covers southern NM (the online were for the whole state) my brain is on overload. So many changes coming with the new contract with Medicaid and how NM has done major changes to their whole program that will start Jan 1st. Scares and overwhelms me right now, but we will get through this.

Have a great day!
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