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WHY PUNCTUATION MATTERS.
October is National Mental Health awareness month and I have a few thoughts on this. You might be asking yourself what punctuation has to do with this and the simple answer is this – the “;”or semi-colon. Here is the story behind what the semi-colon means and what it means to me personally.
There is currently a movement worldwide for people of all ages “marking” themselves with the semicolon.
My second child, a daughter, was born a happy child. I mean not just your normal run-of-the-mill happy baby, I mean she smiled all the time. I don’t care what anybody told me – it wasn’t gas.
She was happy.
As she got older we noticed that she was very independent as well. She wouldn’t ask for help with homework from me or her older sister. I could hardly keep up with her homework and by the fourth grade I was way out of my league and she was learning things I swear I learned in high school at good old Bishop Garrigan High School. By the time she was in high school she was experiencing a kind of stress load that most adults didn’t even experience. She was on the debate team and went to the Idaho State debate tournament and won 3rd place in the midst of all the large and overwhelming Boise schools. She was a first class Lincoln/ Douglas debater! She started complaining of not being able to sleep at night and feeling at times anxious and other times “blue”. I chalked it up to stress. I took her to our family physician and he prescribed an anti-depressant and said to bring her back in a month and we’d see how she was faring on this medication. At one month she was doing better. Her moods seemed a little more even and she appeared to be handling her daily load in a calmer state of mind. I took her to the doctor two months after that and still all was well. After 9 months, and several med checks from the doctor, we discovered that her sleeping habits were starting to worsen. By now she was at the beginning of her junior year in high school. She was also taking more difficult classes and had added a couple of AP classes to her load. Or family doctor told us about a drug on the market that was recently brought to his attention that could possibly help her. We talked about this drug some more and we all agreed to give it a try and we would check in every month and monitor her progress.
I decided that as a matter of course I would have her start seeing a counselor. I thought that is she was able to speak to someone that wasn’t related to her and had an unbiased opinion it would help her in being able to express herself better. I was getting tired of the same old “I don’t know…” kind of answers to the questions that I was asking her every day.
I would say, “Just snap out of it” or “Really? This isn’t rocket science”
Looking back I see how insensitive I was with her. I realized then that we live in a “microwave” society and we expect to have results instantly. I was way too impatient. I was the equivalent of passing someone only to arrive at the same red light up the street at the same time as the person I had just passed!
My daughter was in a counseling session when her counselor came out to see me because she was concerned about her and said that, “Something strange was going on with her”. We both went back to her office and what we walked in on was a memory that won’t ever leave me and still haunts me to this day. My daughter had grabbed a box cutter and had started slicing the inside of her wrists. There was blood everywhere. I immediately ran the short distance to where she was seated and grabbed her wrists in my hands and I watched as her blood soon covered my hands. She was crying and rocking back and forth. I grabbed her and was able to pick her up – she was easily my size – and carried her out to my car and drove with the protection of angels to the Emergency Room in Idaho Falls. We were immediately given top priority and shown into a room. She was 17 at the time and I had to sign all sorts of papers. She was given medication to calm her down because by then she had started to gouge her cheeks with her finger nails and she couldn’t stop. I wrongly assumed that she had control over her actions.
We went through a psych evaluation and she was then admitted to the Behavioral Health Center, BHC for short, and the experience was both eye opening and terrifying at the same time. I can tell you that you would never want to witness your child being stripped searched while they are in a drugged induced haze. The only consolation that I received is that she couldn’t possibly be aware of what was happening to her. I don’t know that I had shed so many tears as I did that afternoon.
We soon were told that she had a psychotic break from the medication that she was prescribed because it was never intended for children. You see, she was the same as an adult physically, just not emotionally or mentally. One child psychiatrist that tried to tell me it was MY fault. We were told that she was bi-polar, then had a “mood disorder” and finally she was just severely depressed. Really?
Now at the age of almost 21 we finally found out that she is autistic – high functioning (think Asperger’s syndrome). Does she still have depression? Yes. Does she still has a problem sleeping? Most nights that’s affirmative, but most of all what we DO know for certain………………… is that her story isn’t over yet!
** We are not condoning, in any way, shape or form that anyone should get a tattoo. Sharpies work just fine.
At The Village we are about everyone. Please call us with any questions, needs or concerns. Life is great and we believe everyone deserves to enjoy it the best they can!
Here at The Village we welcome everyone from all walks of life. Whether you are a young family needing a 2 bedroom apartment, a single adult looking for housing with or without roommates, recently married and seeking community housing or just looking for an apartment because you are new to Rexburg or downsizing, we cater to all walks of life. Our goal is to provide ideal housing for anyone and everyone that is looking. We have an open door policy and want to do our best in looking after everyone’s needs. We will honor all reasonable accommodations.
Being community housing in Rexburg means that we tend to get a lot of students that have either graduated and are staying to work in the area or students that have recently gotten married and need to make the change from BYUI student approved housing to community housing. This is just one example of many that we face as meet with potential residents here at The Village. For those who are in this situation, we wanted to offer a few tips and help as you make the transition from student housing to community housing. Read below to learn more and see why making the transition can be easy if you do your research and are prepared in your housing search.
1) Student Housing cost includes utilities and internet. When you come to college at BYUI, your costs are all included in your monthly or semester rent. When you move into community housing those will be separate. Most of the time you will need to set up a electricity and gas bill through energy companies for your individual unit. Sometimes you even have to pay for your own internet and cable depending on the community housing you live in. Here at The Village we provide cable and internet for a communication fee that is added to your monthly rent. As you do your research, learn what different complexes do but make you know. The last thing you want to do is move in, not set up your utilities and then have to pay a fee on top of what you owe. Feel free to ask us any questions, we would love to help you. Call us at (208) 356-7786.
2) Community Housing monthly rent. When you move into community housing you will be paying your rent on a monthly basis. You will also need to sign a set lease, usually for 6 or 12 months. You can sign a month to month lease, but additional fee’s usually come with it. With student housing you sign up by the semester and can either pay monthly or all up front. Sometimes it is easy to just pay for the whole semester as a student. So sit aside your rent money and project your costs as you determine the ideal housing for you. We offer the best value per square foot in Rexburg. To learn more about our variety of floor plans and pricing, see our apartments page.
3) Furnished Student Housing. When you come to college at BYUI almost all student housing comes furnished with appliances, furniture, beds, washing machines, ect. Most community housing does not provide fully furnished apartments. Some will come with appliances, others will not. Here at The Village we provide the kitchen appliances such as dishwasher, fridge, microwave and oven. We also provide a washer and dryer. You will need to provide your furniture and bed. By doing this we allow you to put your “personal stamp” on your home here at The Village. Find our full list of amenities and apartment home features.
These are just a few of the major thinks to consider when transitioning from student housing to community housing. As you do your research you will see different complexes provide different features and amenities. We promise that you will find what you are looking for at The Village. We have 9 different floor plans for you to choose from to meet your needs. We are a pet-friendly complex with feature rich amenities and great perks. Our clubhouse has a movie room, computer room, fitness center, game room, lounge and kid’s play area. You can rent these out for private events. We look forward to hearing from you and telling you more about The Village and why you will love living here.
Here is a review from one of our current residents about his experience here at The Village. We appreciate the kind words and love knowing we have helped to accommodate his families needs.
“My family and I just moved into the Village apartments. After weeks of trying to find a place with a short lease for a family of nine with two dogs, my wife and I were almost ready to give up and rent a “van down by the river!” Nobody would even call us back!!! And then we ran into Deidre & Madison in the leasing office… They were amazing!!! I can’t tell them thanks enough for all the above and beyond service they have offered my family and I. They listened to our needs, cared about our situation, and made every effort possible to make the best accommodations for us. They even patched up my 9 year old daughter when my dog dragged her across the parking lot! And the rest of the staff follows the same remarkable trend. I hardly ever take the time to write comments like this, but this has been a truly outstanding experience for my family and I. Thank you Village staff, for all you do!!!” – Ryan Buttars.
Fall is just around the corner. With the new season comes change in Rexburg. All the kids have recently started back to school, the Fall Semester starts at BYU-Idaho and this town that has been fairly quiet for the last month and a half gets hectic again. But with the people also comes the fun of the upcoming holidays. Whether you are in school, working full time or enjoying the retired life, you will find that Rexburg is a great place to be as Fall approaches. We have compiled a few things you can do in Rexburg this Fall!
1) Rexburg Unplugged
This free family and student event takes place on September 19th at Hemming Village. Come enjoy the closed off street filled with vendors and businesses in and around Rexburg. With a variety of food, fun and more, this event is a must and a great way to mix and mingle with the community and college students. There will also be a Battle of the Bands where you help choose the winners! For more information on the event or being a sponsor in the event visit: http://rexburgchamber.org/events/rexburg-unplugged/.
2) The Zombie Chase Race
Coming October 10th to Rexburg is The Zombie Chase Race. This obstacle course 5k isn’t just any ordinary run. Besides the fact that you are running through an obstacle course, you are also trying to avoid Zombies that are chasing you! This family friendly event is going to be awesome. This year we are a sponsor at the race and you can find us and our booth at the finish line. We even have a special promo code that you can use to sign up for the race to get 40% off! Use code ” VILLAGE ” at checkout on www.zombiechaserace.com to save big on registration. You can sign up to be a survivor or a zombie this year. All the information you need can be found on www.zombiechaserace.com. Check it out, get ready and sign up with our promo code today to save!
3) Haunted Houses
There are a lot of haunted houses for you to choose from in and around Rexburg. You can find The Scare Tower Straw Maze right in Rexburg at the corner of 2nd North and 2nd West. This is a fairly new haunted feature. Grab some friends and check it out this Fall. For more infomation visit: http://scaretower.com/. There is also The Haunted Mill located in Teton. This haunted house has been in operation for over 15 years and is sure to scare you! This is a local favorite. For more information visit: http://www.thehauntedmillinteton.com/. You can also find The Straw Maze just south of Rexburg near Archer. This straw maze has been around for 8 years and they know what they are doing. With a haunted forest, you will want to make sure you come with friends. Learn more about it here: http://strawmaze.com/. Get outside and enjoy these fun attractions.
4) Madison High School Football
Who doesn’t love supporting the local city’s football team? Come out and enjoy a high school football game and see the Madison Bobcats take on some of the best teams in Idaho. Rexburg is known for their unity, so come take part in it and support the local schools. You can find the football schedule and information here: http://madisonathletics.com/football.
5) Christmas Tree Lane at The Village
To finish off the fall and ring in the winter months we will be hosting our first Christmas Tree Lane. Stay tuned for more information about this event as we get it ready. You can learn more by talking to our office or connecting with us on Facebook. We are excited to team up with the local businesses and help raise money for local causes. We look forward to sharing more information about this community event.
Rexburg is full of events, fun and entertainment for all walks of life. We look forward to Fall and to meeting all of our new residents and connecting more with our current residents. If you do not live at The Village, come by and take a tour. We are a pet-friendly complex with a variety of floor plans. Come learn more today or visit www.thevillagerex.com .