As long as I'm being Debbie Downer today, we got the official letter from the neighborhood school saying that MG will not be starting Kindergarten this fall (astute readers will remember that she misses the state cut off by 10 days). They are not taking any early admissions due to budget restraints, even though a huge tax referendum just passed in May and increased the amount of money that the schools in our town will be receiving.
The firm cut off date is stupid. They should make the cut off June 1, but do testing for every kid born between June 2 and some arbitrary date in the fall, say September 1. Wouldn't that be more fair? Wouldn't that be more individualized education?
Wouldn't that be more expensive? Yep. That's why they don't do it.
I'm already studying to be "that mother" when my kids start public school. Heck, I'm probably already "that mother" at preschool. I was pretty much "that mother" all over town today. I about decked a woman for shoving her way past MG at Panera today (I restrained myself and instead shouted, "EXCUSE ME," at her back - she didn't notice. I don't think she spoke English. No excuse for shoving a child, though). Then another woman said "bullshit" while sitting right next to Claire, and while Claire has probably heard me say that more than once, the woman who said it didn't know that. I very nearly said, "Nice language to use in front of a couple of kids!" but decided that I didn't want to get into a big Jerry Springer fight in the middle of Panera. Again.
I'm going to bed.
(Blessing counting: Dad came over today, helped me run errands with the kids, and bought us lunch. I have managed to work out a temporary childcare solution with the help of assorted friends and relatives until the Mommy's Time Out program starts. I have plans to exploit other local Mommy's Time Out programs - we'll just be Presbyterian on Tuesday and Thursday, maybe we'll be Catholic on Wednesday and Jewish on Monday and Episcopalian on Friday. Nevermind - Episcopalian is hard to spell. We had a very good time at the Science Cafe about genetically modified food tonight, and I am a lot less worried about GMod food than I was going in. The kids were pretty good, too, with only a few moments of noisiness that no one really seemed to mind. It's not so bad. I know that there are hundreds of thousands of people on this planet who would kill to have my "problems" instead of their own Problems. I'm still going to bed.)