Welcome to Friday Fragments! Mrs.4444 came up with this great idea to post all of those little, well, fragments of things that have happened during the week that just don’t have enough ooomph to make it into a post on their own. After you read mine thoroughly and soak in the inanity of my post, go check out hers. Really, there are some gems in there that you would be sorry to miss.
***The enormity of Steve being at the meeting with us yesterday is not lost on me. Even more huge is the fact that he is the one who set up the meeting, as he knows Mr. K personally. He talked to him first as well and filled him in on most of what has been going on, so we didn’t have to spend that hour talking about what led us to the Alternative School. I am still sorting through my various feelings about all of this, because it is new. Very new.
***Speaking of the alternative school, Ms. Moon made a comment yesterday about the diversity of the kids at the school two of her kids went to-and alternative school, with basically the people who don’t “fit in” at the regular school. Unfortunately, the only people who really go to this one are the kids who are in trouble of some sort. Mostly in trouble with the law, but also in other ways (like Hannah) as well. They have an on-site daycare for young moms, for example, and security cameras in every classroom that are reviewed by Mr. K and Law Enforcement weekly. I wish we HAD some real diversity here; the kids saw a lesbian couple and a flamboyant cross-dresser in the airport, and I thought Sam’s eyes were going to explode; not because he thinks it is bad, but simply because anyone here who embodies anything different learns to hide it well around here, so he had never SEEN anyone like that. Isn’t that horrible that in this day and age, people still have to live a lie in towns like this?
***Eli has been gone for a month, and we get to go pick him up on Sunday. I have missed him, and can’t wait to see him. However, last time he went away for any length of time, he grew four inches and filled out a little and came back with a beard; I shudder to think how much he has changed in the last month. 15 year old boys change much more rapidly and MUCH more noticeably than 15 year old girls, I think.
***And speaking of Eli, Owen is also impatient to get him home. He also has no real concept of time yet. So I told him, “Four more days!” and he was all like, “okay, I am going to go get my shirt on!” There have been tears every night because it isn’t time to go get him yet.
***The neighborhood boys, including Sam, have become little entrepreneurs, picking peaches off the neighbors tree (I HOPE with permission!) and selling them on the street corner. Surprisingly, they have earned about $10 between them so far. One woman had to come back and exchange one peach for another because she found one in her back that already had a bite taken out of it; guess whose kid did that?
***I have GOT to stop seeing/reading posts about babies and childbirth and new babies and breastfeeding….because it makes my ovaries hurt. I am done; Steve has made it clear that he does not want anymore, and since I already have four, of course it would be selfish of me to throw him down and get his sperm one way or another insist on having another, plus there are lots of other reasons to not have more…but my god, the cuteness! The joy! Sigh….
***I am getting really, really tired of people referring to rape as “inappropriate sexual conduct.” Come ON; rape is rape, and to call it something else, ESPECIALLY something as seemingly innocuous as “inappropriate sexual conduct” somehow diminishes what a horrible transgression it truly is. Sheesh…when are we going to stop sugar-coating everything?
There you have it, snippets of things that have been rattling around my head this week. Now go forth and conquer some of the other people on Mrs. 4444’s link list; you never know what you might find!