April 8, 2014

So people tell me I should write a book, maybe there is an app for that.
With my wealth of knowledge in many fields- parenting, eating disorders, disability, shrinking middle class, and the popular group- *Liberal Moms of Orange County, I can see how it would be helpful for me to share.Screen Shot 2020-04-08 at 10.16.25 AM
Page 1.
Flip flops
Wear them everyday.
When I wear flip flops I avoid feeling dowdy yet I don’t risk looking like I shop at Forever 21. I have cute little tan chubby feet that fit sweetly into most flip flops. I have upgraded from Old Navy 2$ to Havaianas which I get at Nordstrom Rack!
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You worker bees are guffawing. “I can’t wear flip flops to work.” I had a job once on an island in South Carolina that forbade flip flops. I wore them anyway. The key is to get a job where one can’t be fired. I taught special ed. The world thinks teaching special ed is incredibly hard and requires the patience of Denise Richards. Well, I fooled the world. The job requires play and love. No one in your class will judge you! And anyone can be patient with a person with a disability. It is much harder to be patient with mean adults or ill mannered children but given an actual diagnosable disability- patience just oozes out.
Trivia– in **Orange County, CA kids don’t wear flip flops to school. They consider it not posh. Vans, converse, heels, are all acceptable but not flips. Highney hanging out your shorts is acceptable but flip flops are poopooed.

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VANS (George and Dolly’s first day of school in Laguna.)
When I was pregnant with George and then Dolly, I had Dr. Scholl’s- the real wooden kind. I should hunt some of those down on the www’s.
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Flip flops go with everything.
Flip flops work year round. If they don’t where you live, consider moving around the country once a year until you find the right spot. I thoroughly recommend moving with your 6 children often. It is easier than wearing closed toe shoes.
Last benefit of flip flops- ***When you get home from a day at the hospital after dark and you realize your youngest has locked your bedroom door and then closed it (she is on the outside not stuck in the bedroom) and you want to put her to bed, just grab a big ladder from the garage and kick off your flip flops (don’t even have to untie). Climb up the ladder taller than you only to realize you are still too short to reach said balcony. Thank heavens for tall teenage son and flip flops.
*Group, Liberal Moms of Orange County has folded because of low membership.
** We had moved from Decatur GA to Laguna Hills, CA. We stayed for less than two years. We moved for the hospital and Walt had a job opportunity. We loved our beach playground but we missed our relationships.
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 Doll’s pals in Decatur, GA. (Sixth grade)
***Addy was hospitalized for treatment of her eating disorder at UCSD. We lived in Laguna, CA about an hour away. We went back and forth daily to participate in the family programs.
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I am intent on informing people about eating disorders. UCSD saved Addy’s life.

Laguna was a Rodi paradise for a good while.

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