Wednesday, August 28, 2013
This is the part where most moms who have that uber-maternal mommy-mom gene get all sappy and a little sad (as does my husband), but this is the part where I go:
"THANK FREAKING GOD THEY ARE BACK IN SCHOOL AND THERE CAN BE A LITTLE BIT OF NORMAL BACK IN OUR LIVES AND A REASON FOR THEM TO LISTEN TO ME TELL THEM WHY THEY HAVE TO GO TO BED BEFORE ELEVEN FREAKING O'CLOCK AT FREAKING NIGHT BECAUSE I'M FREAKING TIRED AND I HAVE TO FREAKING WORK TOMORROW AFTER GETTING UP ALL FREAKING NIGHT WITH THE FREAKING BABY WHO WON'T FREAKING SLEEP."
Or something like that. I'm paraphrasing.
So I'm glad they're back in school, and really, so are they. And for reasons more bizarre than I can explain, like Esten's excited that he's in third grade and will get to take a special State standardized test this year that he didn't get to take last year.
For real. When I asked what he was looking forward to, THAT is the first thing that popped into his head. Proud moment for me, but not at ALL what I was expecting.
Because of the school's looping model, Clayton will have the same teacher he had last year, but Esten will have a new teacher. He and I both had a bit of anxiety about it, but for different reasons. As the summer drew to an end we each held our breath to find out, and I asked him whether he had a preference.
"What does 'preference' mean?"
"It means if you had a choice, would you choose one over the other?"
"Well, I certainly wouldn't want to hurt anyone's feelings [he's my sensitive kid for sure] but I know Mrs. X and she knows me, but I'm sure that Mrs. Y is just as good of a teacher."
"So you don't really care which one's class you're in?"
"Well YEAH I care. I want to be in whichever class ALEX is in, DUH."
Yeah, obviously, I should have known. These kids really could care less who their teacher is, they just want to make sure that their besties are going to have a desk in that classroom with them.
So when the robocall came in that said the class lists were posted we schlepped to the school's front window and slowly scanned down the list....Mrs. X's class....Esten....and...Alex! That was good enough for him. A couple extra kids were icing on the cake. He was elated.
At the ice cream social last night, our opportunity to meet the teachers and drop off supplies (and get a treat courtesy of the PTA) we got to meet Mrs. X face to face. She had a BEAMING smile and off the bat said, "I was SO THRILLED to get to have Esten in my class this year. Every time I see your boys in the halls, they are so cute, and he is such a good kid! I LOVE when their hair gets a little long and out of control, it just shows so much of their personality, I LOVE LOVE LOVE that!"
OK. This lady. Looks kind of like the Tooth Fairy. And I say that in the nicest way, because I actually KNOW the Tooth Fairy, and people who know me know what that means. Except that she has the same face as the Tooth Fairy that I already know, but she also has this very LONG (down to her butt long) CURLY hair. So she's someone who would notice other people's hair, and who probably would tie that into their personality. And immediately I'm thinking, my kids almost never comb their hair before school, look like welfare ragamuffins on the MAJORITY of days that are not picture day. I think this may be an indicator that this chick may have a sense of humor about life and that we may get along just fine.
I'm thinking this might apply to a couple of my friend's kiddos who are sporting mohawks this morning too. Best to get your personality out there for the world to see. I am a kid who rocks the hawk. Deal with it. Or, I am a kid whose mom is too tired to cut my hair (also meet my brother who is in a similar situation). Please give us money.
Now I can breathe....because THIS is what I need. I need my kids to have teachers who are at least not uptight. That's all. Because shit happens. Not OFTEN. I just need them to be their 2nd mom. I have a sense of structure when I need to and a sense of humor when I need to, and I just want the same thing from them. We say goodbye and on my way out the classroom door I remind her over my shoulder that any and all disciplinary problems should be directed to their FATHER, whose cell phone number is listed on Esten's information sheet she just asked me to update. Then we both giggle.
So today everything and everyone is back in place and we can all get on with our lives again.
Now, how long before that little one can start Kindergarten???