Occasionally, I fall off the grid. It's usually because I'm not organized enough to write posts in advance and/or then there are a bunch of things happen at the same time that keep me from sitting down long enough to write. Well, I suppose I could just sit down and write, but it wouldn't necessarily be a full sentence or anything generally coherent. But last week, I stayed away from the computer while I was at a few meetings and saw some friends, and because I had forms to fill out.
Some forms arrived from Little Man's new school to complete in advance and give the teachers more of an idea of his personality and different physical and cognitive developments. This doesn't really sound like a good reason to ignore most everything else around you - and it probably isn't. I've always experienced a bit of "form" anxiety, over thinking the meanings of my choices and what the "best" answer really is. As you can imagine, this tendency has made ever standardized test or job application I've ever completed a real stressful experience.
The process has always taken longer than it probably should, but forms have become harder to fill out because they're a) in a different language and b) about my kid. You want to make sure you're giving the most helpful answers to ensure you don't put something wrong, inconsistent, or confusing when it comes to your child's education... and I've already had the fun experience of going to the school to finish off half-completed forms because I didn't think to turn the page over before putting them back in the mail. So now I'm reading very slowly, (over)thinking about each answer, and checking both sides of the page compulsively. Add in the the fact that I'm translating every. single. word. and it's become a really involved process.
|But I suppose I got to learn a whole new group of adjectives...|
So I fell off the grid a bit as I tried to decipher exactly what I'm doing (unfortunately, after 3 days, it's not done yet). And that takes more time than I care to think about right now. But once that form goes back into the mailbox, I can forget about it, and everything else will continue as normal.
At least until they ask me to complete another form.