One Day Closer To the Weekend

Can I get an amen on that? Writing, writing, writing! Working on Trinity, which is huge fun. I love Jack and I hope you all love Renee and Galen too! This will be a spin off from Cascadia Wolves. The story takes place in Boston where Jack works as the Enforcer to the National Pack. You’ll see Cade and Grace and their children as well as get to know Renee, a human woman, and Galen, a member of the local jamboree (yes, he’s a cat shifter). I expect to be done with the first draft by the 4th of July.

I think sometimes, the last week and a half or so of school is way more trouble than it’s worth. All this running around, the snacks, the sack lunches for field days, the permission slips and odd schedules – it all seriously drives me nuts. More so because dealing with some of the parents at the elementary school is like chewing tinfoil. I have manners. I might be bitchy and stuff, but in a parking lot filled with children I freaking watch. These people! Gah!

This morning a woman pulled out of the line of cars without a turn indicator or even the basic move of her eyes to her mirrors. I’m always taking care to drive slowly enough – it’s a school for god’s sake! But I nearly hit her because I’d already started to pass her. She then rolled through the crosswalk and ran the stop sign, pulled into the main drive across two lanes and made a left cutting off a school bus.

I’m never sure why people act this way. Clearly she has a child going to school there so the concept that children, jacked up on summer coming and hurrying to get to their classrooms, don’t pay a lot of attention so WE have to for them, can’t be foreign to her brain. Could it? Also, stop signs – big RED with STOP in bolded white all caps letters – it’s not “hey, listen, if you have the time, can you please stop?”

I keep hearing adults talk about “kids today” and how they have no manners, but it’s the adults who seem to be the problem. Kids learn from us. When you speed through the lot or park in the drop off lane just to chat with another parent instead of parking the car and walking and getting out of the way, when you can’t be bothered to send home school notices that are not filled with grammatical and syntax errors – then you can talk about kids today. But as far as I can tell, it’s parents today teaching their kids to be as selfish as they are and not the other way around.

And now I officially feel a hundred years old. Excuse me while I go tell some kids to get off my lawn or the HOA will send me a letter about it.

12 comments to “One Day Closer To the Weekend”

  1. Caffey
    June 11th, 2009 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Hi Lauren! All through today I keep thinking its Friday but its not! My son even told me twice and the second time, I asked him if he remembered to get the garbage out before they came this morning and he says ‘Mom I told you before its not Friday’ LOL I think I’m ready for the weekend.

    I so love those reunions where we get to re-visit with the characters as you’re doing for Trinity! Since my surgeries, my hubby’s been protective and wanting to drive me anywhere I want to go. So I’ve been watching others and so understand why my hubby gets upset with too people that drive so close behind us! No way for them to stop in time. Jim says that he knows they aren’t paying attention and hates it worse that people ignore the law about the phones (can’t drive and use them here in NY at all) and how many close accident he sees on his drive home everyday on this! Hate these innocent people getting hurt from those careless

  2. Lori
    June 11th, 2009 at 3:06 pm · Link

    And now I officially feel a hundred years old. Excuse me while I go tell some kids to get off my lawn or the HOA will send me a letter about it.

    Bwahahaha! I found myself thinking the other day how loud the damn kid driving up the street was playing his radio. Forget the fact that I blare my own radio inside the car. I don’t listen to crappy music, LMAO.

    Looking forward to Jack’s story. (GASP – it’s a paranormal! But it’s Cascadia Wolves)

    And I completely agree about the stupidity of some adults. And yes, they often teach their children the bad manners.

  3. Greta
    June 11th, 2009 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Cat-Shifter sounds intriguing.

  4. Amelia
    June 11th, 2009 at 4:33 pm · Link

    had a real close call a few weeks ago driving to the Cheesecake Factory with my mom and a friend. We were headed northbound to Louisville on I65 and a man in a red truck comes flying off the entrance ramp. He cuts across all 3 lanes of highway to cut in front of me and then looks back at me as if I had done something wrong!! @$$! If I hadn’t seen him in time to slow down and stand on the brakes he would have killed us – that’s how fast he was driving. A few miles later we saw him on the shoulder of the road and we all hoped the truck was broken down. Then he passed us again a few miles later driving much too fast again. Where was the police???

    Love the Cascadia Wolves!!

  5. N.J. Walters
    June 11th, 2009 at 4:40 pm · Link

    More Cascadia Wolves…YAY!

  6. Fedora
    June 11th, 2009 at 10:02 pm · Link

    Oy. I do think it’s the parents who teach (or teach by lack of example) their kids to be horrible. Grrr…

    Anyway, yay for Trinity!! More wolves! 😀

    Only one more day of school!! 😉

  7. Melissa
    June 12th, 2009 at 12:15 am · Link

    YEAH, Friday!!
    An oooooooohhhhhhhhh, more wolves!!
    I can’t wait!@!!

  8. Christine
    June 12th, 2009 at 6:44 am · Link

    Hooray Trinity. I understand completely in front of my son’s school it’s a horror show every morning. Today as I was going to the library which is near a different school a mother was crossing her kids in the middle of the street as I turning and I stopped to let her go and she gives me a look. What is the look. It’s way too early for the look and you are crossing in the middle of the street.

  9. Nancy
    June 12th, 2009 at 9:33 am · Link

    I don’t have kids but a-frakking-men! I’m so convinced that the monstrous little brats we see today are a direct result of their parenting.

  10. Kris
    June 12th, 2009 at 12:27 pm · Link

    I see that evidence everyday. I am a teacher and a lot of times when i am having a problem with a student’s attitude or behavior I meet the parents and i totally understand why they act that way. (Not always, there are exceptions to that.) If the parent does not care the child will not either. It is frustrating.

  11. laurendane
    June 13th, 2009 at 11:34 am · Link

    Thanks all, for the enthusiasm about Trinity! I hope it lives up to your expectations.

  12. Renee
    June 15th, 2009 at 6:20 am · Link

    Umm should I mention how much I am looking forward to this story? I don’t know though, I might be a bit prejudiced towards it LOL. And I don’t even want to talk about schools and parking lots.