A decade ago, there was a big focus on children and orphans infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. There was so much death and tens of thousands of children were emotionally, physically, socially and economically displaced. People were facing discrimination from being directly and indirectly being affected. I remember when a close relative died of AIDS and the rest of the family was too scared to tell anyone the truth. But one day I was giving a television interview and told our story and my poor sister called saying people at work may now treat her as if she has it. I know right! The ignorance, but it was the reality then.
Some days you wonder if the universe is having a laugh at you or punishing you for learning from youthful exuberance and planning for the rest of your child rearing years. Because, having a mid-age millennial in the twenties and then youngest alpha millennials under ten is a real circus act. This coming from a youth development specialist. But it does have some really cool parent highs though! I have one that doesn't speak much and feels I can't relate or understand and the other two that do nothing but speak, so much now we've had to label it 'comebacks' and 'talkbacks' because they feel I do understand or at least should.