things i am excited for

about my thirties:

  • Sensible shoes. Thank you god I don't have to impress anyone anymore.
  • Cheap Insurance.
  • Looking at least 5 years youger than I am. It's a drag at 25 to have people think you're no older than 20. But no one believing I'm over 25.....
  • College. I wil go to college before I hit 40. I swear.
  • Cheap Insurance.
  • Blending. It will be nice to be in the same age group as the other mothers.
  • Selfishness. My twenties were marked with an obsessive need to give give give. I've vowed to spread myself less thin. I think I've earned it.
  • Ending my reproductive years. I love my kids, I really do. But I would like to be done. Seriously, the factory is closed. After the little one/oneita here, it's all over. I'm surgically seeing to that.

Once again, I'm sure there's more. But that's good for now.

  • Oh sexual peak happens soon. Yippee!

Today is, of course, the 6th anniversary of the Columbine High School shootings. I am surprised at how little press it's getting. It's always constantly somewhere in the Denver news circle. I normally would make no mention of it, because I'm quite honestly tired of hearing about it. So many media people use it to boost ratings. No one ever has anything important to say about it, and I hate to hear the memory of those people wasted. And I've seen more than 13 people murdered through the front window of my childhood home. It makes me a little calloused. Yet for some reason I got to thinking about that day this morning, and remembered sitting in the cafe that I was working at with an older man than has been coming to the cafe for 25 years.

His granddaughter went to Columbine. He sat at the counter, hunched over his coffee, with his head in his hands, silent. For hours. He didn't hear that she was OK until late that night. I have never felt such sadness for a stranger before. Granted, I knew him from the cafe, but I knew nothing about his life. I didn't even know he had a granddaughter.

I think everyone here has a 4/20 story. At least, I'm sure anyone could tell you right where they were. What a tragedy.

carnival of education

The 11th Carnival of Education is up. I think these are great for parents to read--they give insight into the minds of our childrens' teachers. Thanks to the Education Wonks for putting it on!

One of the links was to a homeschool parent who asked if business donations to public school wouldn't be better served going to charter schools, vouchers, or homeschoolers. The idea was that, "Businesses have a huge interest in quality education since today's students are tomorrow's employees, yet the majority of their contributions to help education are directed to the same public school system that hasn't been getting the job done for years despite getting oodles of money. In fact, donations to schools are only a tiny fraction of their total funding:... "

I hope that this isn't a widely held view.

The businesses in our community contribute to our school. I'd say roughly 20% of the local businesses donate at least $200 a year. Some businesses have been contributing to our school for over a decade. If they didn't contribute this small amount of money to our school, the classrooms would have no para-professionals this year. Next year, we'd have to cut a teacher. And the enrichment program. That would seriously hurt us. Our business contribtions go to teachers' salaries, music, art, P.E., enirichment...yep, the "the mediocrity you know"as she called it.

The schools are trying to get the job done. These people are not sitting around all day. These poor teachers who struggle every day to improve our children get little support and even less pay. The school districts just only have so much money. There's only so much we can get from them. We rely on business contributions. Heavily. It's not oodles of money when you get down to the per school level, but it sure does help.

It's frustrating to hear people who have chosen to take their kids out of the system rather than try to help it complain about our funding. I am in there, every day, fighting for my local school. Not the prissy one down the street with tons of money that all my neighbors have choiced there kids out to, but my neighborhood school. The one that needs the help.

Not everyone has the option or the ability to homeschool. Some of us need the public school system. I wish more people would just help us, rather than sit back and criticize.

last week

Ok, let's see. Lots of stuff happened last week. First of all, B turned 7! I tucked him in on Wednesday night and told him how much I'd miss my 6 year old, and his reply was, "MOM, you'll meet the 7 year old in the morning!" Thursday morning I asked if he felt older, and he said, "Yes, I sure do!" He doesn't eat cake, so we took him out to ice cream after dinner. He had a great time.

Saturday morning T had soccer. This week was much better. He played well and had fun. He scored a goal (into his own goal, but oh well!) and was so proud! He had about the cutest look I have seen yet on his face.

Saturday afternoon was the city-wide D.I. competition (Destination Imagination). B's team competed at the same time as the other two primary teams from Teller, so we got to see all three. These kids busted their butts! I couldn't believe how great they all were. Even the ECE kids remembered almost all of their lines, and the plays they put on were all really creative and interesting (we are talking 4-8 year olds, so "Grain of salt" would apply here). B's team did Peter Pan, the 1st grade did some story about New York, and the ECE-K did the 3 Little Pigs. Thursday at 2:30 they perform for their classmates at school. I think I'll videotape this one.

My dad came over yesterday. He had forgotten I was pregnant (don't ask, I don't get it either) but he did bring my birthday present. He found me an Alice In Wonderland chess set. I have been looking for one for years. Yes, you can find them around, but I'm picky. I like this one.

I think that's about it. For now. I'll be busy with Tpalooza for the next few weeks.