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September 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Sunrise over Shore Acres

Today was my volunteer day at the boys’ school. I do enjoy helping out in their classrooms, mostly because it makes them so happy to have me there. I realize that there is only a short time left before they will be mortified to have  me within 100 feet of their school, so I try to appreciate their current fleeting enthusiasm for my presence. Mack got to stay in the classroom and eat lunch with me and pick a friend to join us. He was thrilled by that. He knows I will NOT eat in the cafeteria (it is so loud and I’m sorry, but 200 eating kids are gross!) I sat in the cafeteria with Cal for lunch once a week for like two years, and now I’m over that.

But I am a fairly slacker, underachiever volunteer (or maybe just a slacker, underachiever period). I volunteer one day a week, 1/2 a day in each boy’s class. I’ll also drive for or attend fieldtrips if I can and want to. Sometimes I will help out in other areas of the school like with gifted, PTA or wherever. Only if I feel like it, and really not very often. I am in awe of the supermoms who really seem to live and breathe the school. I’m sure there are superdads at the school too, but not on my radar. I’m so glad there are people who want to, or at least are willing to give of themselves like that, to pick up my slack. I rationalize it brilliantly by telling myself that at least I’m doing SOMETHING. So basically I set the bar for myself as a little bit higher than doing nothing. I like to challenge myself. Besides, the other four days of the week I am really busy going to the gym, playing with paper and fabric and glue, and clearing my Tivo of Top Chef and America’s Next Top Model.

I am frustrated with the whole fundraising thing at school. Since I in no way participated in the decision-making process about what fundraisers to do, I realize I have no right to complain. So now I’ll complain. They just kicked off the Entertainment Book fundraisier. Both boys ran in the door the other day announcing that they had to sell five Entertainment Books (each) so that they could go to the Omegaman show. We won’t sell the things. So Cal, especially, is really mad. But it makes me mad that the kids are made to feel like they have to miss out on something that other kids get to do AT SCHOOL just because their parents won’t sell these things to friends and family. I guess I should be grateful that the school is helping to teach the kids the fundamental and pervasive truth that LIFE’S NOT FAIR. We will buy one Entertainment Book from each kid and give one away to our neighbor. I just can’t imagine imposing on friends, family or (never!) co-workers to buy a book to help my kids’ school. The books are $25 each! Oh well, this is just the first fundraiser of the year, so the kids have yet many more opportunities this year to learn from school that LIFE’S NOT FAIR.

It’s the weekend!

June 30, 2007 at 4:15 pm

Last night I went to a crop at Scrapbooking in Paradise…without Katie. Poor thing is still sick 🙁 I worked on the mini-album that I started at the Scrapyard crop last weekend. I took wayyy too many pictures on a Bristol trip in Dec. 2005, so I decided to put them all in a mini-album instead of doing page after page of the same trip. I am doing a couple of pages with the leftover photos, though. I’ll post one here in a bit.

Yesterday I took Cal to Bayside High School for testing to see if he qualifies for the gifted program at his school. The psychologist, Dr. Bourgard, was very nice. She started out by asking me a few questions while Cal was in another room. Of course, I extolled his virtues. The door was open and he was right across the hall, sticking his head through the door to eavesdrop. He told us that he heard everything and was embarrassed 🙂

Then I waited in the school lobby while she administered the test. The whole test only took about 2o minutes. I don’t know what they can tell about a student in a 20 minute test, but she told me that their funding didn’t allow for more extensive testing. After it was over, she said, “I can see why you wanted to bring him.” And she said she loved listening to his logic. She said she would give the results of the test to the guidance counselor at his school (I’m guessing the gifted teacher, Mrs. Bond) and they would call me to schedule a meeting to discuss things. She said I would probably hear from them early in the fall, after school starts. So we’ll see.

Today, Chad is doing things with the boys. This morning they went to Crescent Lake Park and Publix. This afternoon they are going to Target. I slept late and then scrapbooked this morning. Here is the page I did:

Bristol Trip

I also did this quickie with a lonely little photo today: