I read every day and don't post too. It's my before-bed routine, check in with my ladies. But I always know that I should really, truly be in bed already, so I don't usually take the time to post.
To all the teachers: I'm so sorry that kids take out their frustrations on you. I remember being so frustrated as a teenager, and when I look back I realize that I had NO idea that other people (especially adults) had frustrations, difficulties and emotions too. I think teenagers tend to think that they're the only ones who are having a hard time, that they could do ANYTHING except the world is against them . . . and they fight back against that world. Unfortunately, they often take out those frustrations on the teachers, some of the few adults (in some cases, the ONLY ones) who are really trying to do right by them. I'm so sorry that you have to live with such mean-spirited acts, and I wish I could go back and tell my teenaged self to TELL the teachers that were making a difference that. None of my teachers were perfect, and some were pretty bad teachers but good people, and some were just all-around not great, but some of them really tried. And those were the ones that took it the hardest when kids did stupid crap. It makes me want to cry when I think of my poor sweet biology teacher, who was not well-suited to high school, but was a good sweet woman . . . and she was struggling with infertility in the form of multiple miscarriages (or so went the rumor, I don't have any way of really knowing that). And the kids were, in general, completely disrespectful of her. There's one thing I'm glad about. She once suggested that a friend and I dress up as "salamanders" and we would have a school-wide pep rally for one of our friends who was going away to National science fair. Even though our friend wishes to this day that we would have refused to do it, and I think we deeply embarrassed her, I'm glad we did it, because it made that poor biology teacher SO happy. Incidentally, I know the friend wishes we wouldn't have done it, because she's now my sister-in-law. Anyway, my point is that I wish I had done a better job of telling my great teachers how much I appreciated them. It might have at least helped to balance out the stupid crap that they had to put up with.
Tankerino: Chiropractors don't hurt, in my experience. The sound it makes can be a little unsettling, if you don't like the sound of joints popping, but I find everything feels free-er and nice after being to the chiro. If you're really tight, it might be worth getting massage therapy first, because I've had chiros that were unable to work with my horribly tense muscles. Massage therapy can be painful, but it's the sweetest painful experience you'll ever have . . . at least I think it should be, if it's done "right" (by my standards). Hurts like heck, but is also relaxing, and then two days later you feel like a million bucks.
Everyone else: Like I said, I read every day. I'm still here, rooting for all of you, I just don't have time in the summer to respond like I would like. Hugs!