Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Cherry Picking Anxiety

 A Metaphor for Life's Unexpected Challenges.

It doesn't matter which cherries you choose from this bowl. Some of the fruit may be sweet; others could be sour.  Some still have a stem attached, while others remain free of their original connection.  But you can pretty much be sure that each one will have a pit.  It's the one thing you can assume. Knowing that one thing allows us to develop our plan. You can eat around it, take the pit out with one of those fancy cherry pitters, or cut the cherry in half to remove the center stone.  You could also choose to ignore the pit.  But then you need to be prepared to deal with the consequences of that decision too.  It's a good idea to always have a plan of action and not be afraid to follow your heart.

Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom

Dear Readers,

I have not quite begun to process the tornado of emotions that have occurred over the past month.  Life changes in a heart beat, and there is often nothing we can do to prevent those changes. What we can do is listen to the voice deep within our souls that directs us, guides us, and comforts us when a family emergency happens. Coping with a serious illness and death of a loved one is different for each person, and it is important to remember that we all have varying ways to deal with loss.

I have not wanted to write for quite a while, as evidenced by the date of my last post.  This morning, my 13-year-old son had a hard time returning to school after being absent for several weeks. Prior to our family emergency, he battled a case of strep throat and a relapse of his nephrotic syndrome. So his body was already stressed from fighting off the infection with antibiotics and taking prednisone (a steroid) to combat the kidney issue.  He was a tremendous help and support while we traveled over 1400 miles to be with family during my father's stunning, terminal diagnosis and rapid decline in health.

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My son also went with me to the hospital almost daily to be present and offer comfort.  He attended my father's (his grandfather's) funeral along with his 15-year-old sister and 10-year-old brother. So it was understandable that returning to school, worrying about how he would make up missed class time, and fearing how he would respond when classmates asked why he had been away for so long, would create enormous anxiety for him.

I am incredibly appreciative that we have a good rapport with his school guidance counselor. She is a key participant for "Team Rodriguez" and arranged to meet with us this morning to work out a plan that could help alleviate my son's anxiety.  

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While I was in the counselor's office this morning with my son, I realized that my anxiety over dealing with our family's experiences left me feeling adrift with my personal and writing goals.  I haven't wanted to think about returning to work, dealing with the concerns I had prior to the emergency, and facing the personal struggles that were waiting for me when I got back home.  My work is this blog, promoting and marketing products, and helping others become advocates for themselves and for those with whom they interact.  I love writing. But emotionally, my return to writing was as challenging and traumatic as my son's return to school this morning.

So here I am, doing what I asked my son to do this morning when we were sitting in the school counselor's office.  I am pushing myself to get back on schedule. I am making that first step toward healing and accepting that things are different.  I am digging through my figurative box of coping skills and dusting them off.  (I will share these skills in future posts, so please visit me again.)

This week I want to reconnect with my readers. You have not been forgotten! I have a greater appreciation for those who spend time with me, provide encouragement, comfort my family, and push me to continue with my vision.  Thank you for being a part of our story!  I hope to share more as we are ready.  


Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend filled 
with challenges, adventures, &
plenty of resources to tackle your goals!

Kindest Regards,
~ Mary

Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom




  1. Sorry to hear of the hardship you've been dealing with lately, but cheers to you not letting it get you down! You can do it! We're all cheering for you!

    1. Thanks so much,Krystin! You are appreciated!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I'm glad you are stepping back into writing; I hope it can offer some enjoyment and comfort. I also hope that your son does okay at school!


    1. Thank you Lauren! It truly means a lot to me that I have opportunities to interact with awesome, supportive writers. Writing is therapeutic.

  3. So sorry about your loss. You definitely have had lots of family changes. Sometimes it's good to just stop and take a breath to recenter. Good to see you back at it again.

    1. Thank you, Christina! I am learning to give myself permission to take that break without feeling guilty. It's a slow process. Authentic Bloggers Group has become my favorite place to connect. I love reading blog posts, commenting, and receiving feedback too. It's like no other site I've found as a writer.


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I have over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development Birth-Age 5 including work in classrooms and as an Infant/Toddler Program Manager.  I have several writing projects in progress including a resource book for parents of infants and infant room teachers in a full day child development (school) program.  The book will provide families with information about what to expect and how to monitor their child's progress in an Infant room.  My second book project involves how to cope with family challenges, lessons in forgiveness, dealing with a spouse's addiction, and reinventing yourself along the way.  I am excited about all of these projects and am currently accepting comments regarding experiences my readers have had placing their child into a full day child care program.  I would also like to hear from Infant room teachers.