The rumors are true. School started today.
"What?" you say, practically dropping your drink you were casually sipping by the pool.
"Yes," I respond, adding in fake sign language so you understand me better. "School. Today. Started."
"That can't be!" you exclaim. "It's only August 4th! Summer is just now hitting its stride!"
"You're preaching to the choir," I reply, waving my hand in disgust. "But look, they at least SEEM happy to be going back, don't they?"
Case Study #1
JBird Landerson. First day of 5th grade. New backpack. New tshirt complete with creases. Hair coiffed just so. Teeth brushed and sparkling. Big smile. Excited to have lots of good friends in his class this year. Loves school.
Case Study #2
TBone Landerson. First day of 3rd grade. New backpack. New tshirt complete with creases. Hair...um, still damp from his morning shower and looking dorkier than usual. Teeth brushed (?). Semi-smile (as good as I got anyway). Promises to focus & listen to 3rd grade teacher (who seems quite young and has me worried she my not have encountered "someone like him" before). Has two quiet, well-behaved girls from church in his class who I have already put on my payroll as full-time spies. They are to report to their mothers and their mothers are to report to me. Always gotta be one step ahead on this one.
School year 2010-2011 is underway! You can rest assured I will keep you posted on any, ahem, developments and what not. In the mean time I'm gonna pretend summer is still going and the boys are just outside playing from 8:30-3:30p every day. New wrinkle though... due to extreme budget issues they are now charging 50 cents for each ONE WAY bus ride to school. For you math whizzes, that would be $1/day/kid! What??? So guess who gets to drive and pick up every day? Thank goodness it's just a couple miles down the road, but still. Buggy. Luckily pick up time is right during Sonic's happy hour though (<---my Pollyanna is showing).