Today the blog is about me.....
No, no review so if you're looking for that you'll have to come by another day. Today it's about something else....
BACK TO SCHOOL!!!
BACK TO SCHOOL!!!
BACK TO SCHOOL IS HARD WORK!! IT'S A POST APOCALYPTIC/DYSTOPIAN NIGHTMARE ALL IN ONE!
Okay, got that off my chest. I have not been following my reading schedule just frozen in my unending lists of teacher wish lists for my youngest son and a giant blackhole of unknowing for my oldest. I went to Open House on Thursday for my youngest, 7th grade, and it was a marathon. Two hours to visit ten teachers and try to get a moment of privacy to explain that he has BPD and ADHD and we had a really bad time of it last year. He missed a lot of days and he didn't catch on to the school until the last semester. In fact, we didn't think he'd be coming back until they asked us to come back. And I didn't get to have those private conversations with most of those teachers. So we'll have a meeting sometime soon and be very clear on what he can and cannot do and what I need most from them, which is watch his behavior. If it changes drastically, I need to know. They see him from 8-4 with bus time included. I see him from 4 to 9. That's not much time to assess his behavior. I was exhausted even though we had a battle plan for the Open House. I'm glad kids are the ones that have to go to school. If I had to go from his first class to his second I'd probably need oxygen. Can I get a wheelchair and an oxygen mask for the 40plus woman that can't run a five minute mile please? Oh, and the air wasn't on in the school. Yeah, the geniuses at the School Board Administration Offices, to save money, don't turn on the air until Monday. Yeppers. All those hot sweaty middle graders running around with their parents, smelled like a boy's gym locker by the time we left (or what I imagine one would smell like as I tend to avoid those areas!) Oh and my little genius, forgot his deodorant! Smelled pretty ripe by the time we got in the car!
On the plus side, he has two male teachers, neither gym coaches. One his Drama teacher and the other his Humanities teacher. I swear to you, if I can get a picture of the Humanities teacher, he could feature in the My Book Boyfriend feature, though it would be pretty weird if I asked him to take his shirt off. He's got the tat's up one of his arm, built, played soccer, basketball and baseball all through high school and still umps high school baseball for the county schools. No I didn't ask him all of this, it's on his bio under and I'm not kidding, "Welcome to the Thunderdome" and no, I won't give you the web address. But I will try to get a good shot. If I can figure out how. Maybe when we work on the bike trails around the lake.
Anyway, for my other son, it's all about the $200 pair of Nike's he wants to design for himself on the website and knows if they don't fit he can't return. Fine, he's got a job, he can pay for them himself. I put forth the same amount I did for 2 pair for his brother one in the size he wears now and one the next size up. Same exact shoe. He didn't want me to buy both because it cost too much. How can they both be from me?? But they look too much like their Dad to not be ours. Besides, I was there. Though they swept my youngest out pretty quickly, he was 8 weeks premature. Still, he looks exactly like his dad!
So other than what time the bus will come and some notebook paper, I haven't got a clue what my sophomore needs. Oh and he doesn't even have a schedule. The dumb a**es at the school put him in Civics and Economics and Civics and Economics AP. He had it 1st block and last block. Nothing like starting and ending your day with the same thing. So other than reporting to the office, he hasn't got a clue where to go. But unlike me who would get to school half an hour early to get this worked out if it were me, he's not sweating it at all. Of course, right now, he's on double not so secret probation. If you've ever watched the movie Animal House you'll know what I'm talking about. I won't tell you what he did and it wasn't drugs. But in my house, it was BAD! And he's the one that isn't supposed to give me trouble. Or maybe the roles have reversed.
I'm just saying that the dystopian I was supposed to read and review today and tomorrow is not getting read simply because I feel like I'm living the nightmare. Hundred dollar calculators. For both. Binders for every teacher, a specific size or color, this many sheets of notebook paper. It's laughable really. But it isn't really. How do parents who can barely afford food and shelter afford this stuff? I mean hundred dollar calculators? Really? I don't work so that was really hard to find in our budget. But if we were one of those families that were at poverty level, or a single mom barely scraping by or even a single dad barely scraping by, what would they do?
So, Here's what I want to ask you to do. If you can, buy an extra folder or pack of notebook paper, some pens, pencils (they like the mechanical ones, that way they don't have to worry about kids getting up to sharpen their pencils or never having a sharpened pencil like my son), dry erase markers, glue sticks, anything to put in the Back to School bins at Staples, Target, Wal-Mart or anywhere in your town that might be collecting. The families that get these donations will definitely appreciate it. Back to school won't feel quite so apocalyptic for them!
And really, those teacher wish lists items, like Clorox Wipes and tissues, you really want to get those for the teachers. Flu and cold spreads like wildfire in the winter with them, imagine school without them and believe me, if the teachers made the salaries they should, we wouldn't have to worry about wish lists. They'd all drive around in sports cars and we'd be buying wish list items for baseball players and the reality t.v. show stars. But this is an upside down world. Always has been, probably always will be. So until then, buy those tissues and Clorox Wipes and anything else they ask for, you don't know how much they buy out of their pockets. Or maybe you do. But they do it because they love the kids they teach and who knows, we might be reading and reviewing some of these kids' books some day!
For everyone starting school and who just started from Kindergarten to College have a GREAT YEAR and HAVE FUN! And GOOD LUCK TEACHERS!