So there was an assembly at the high school yesterday, and Hanna’s school was bused over so they could also take part in this assembly. When the announcer said, “A special welcome to the students of XX Jr/Sr. High School,” a huge number of the student body stood up and booed the kids from the alternative high school. To top it off, the kids from the alternative school were not allowed to leave the gym for ANY reason. There was even a policeman “patrolling” the area in which those kids were sitting to prevent them from leaving the gym. They could not even go across the hall to get a drink OR to go to the bathroom, so for two and a half hours, they had to sit there on the bleachers like prisoners.
I am trying to decide whether this is something I should REALLY be pissed about (I am), or rather if I should make a stink. Eli said that there was an announcement over the intercom yesterday afternoon regarding the kids’ behaviour in booing the kids from the alternative school, but of course all the kids just laughed. Still, at least it was addressed, right? I am more mad about the fact that the kids from the alternative school were basically prisoners; while I understand that some of them are, in fact, juvenile delinquents, if they can’t be trusted to walk across the hall to go pee then they shouldn’t even be allowed to go to the assembly.
Also under the heading of general what-the-fuckery, I got letters from both Sam and Eli’s school yesterday regarding the vaccine for the swine flu. I am actually starting to get a little bit more concerned about it in a general sense; there are a lot of sick people here right now, and several documented cases. The thing is, even though I have a high-risk child, I can’t see actually having him (or any of us) get vaccinated with a vaccine that hasn’t been thoroughly tested in a controlled setting before being used on the general public at large. In a rush to get a vaccine found and made available to the public, it seems a little as if the FDA/CDC in conjunction put this one on a fast track, and I wonder what steps they skipped before releasing it. No, I don’t think I want any of us to be injected with something that hasn’t been thoroughly vetted, including with long-term ramifications. Does this make me an irresponsible parent due to the fact that I have a high-risk child? The letter implied that. However, I just don’t feel comfortable with the idea at all.
And once again, the first three posts I read this morning were about babies and/or pregnancy; enough already! Not really, because I love to read them, but babylust is strong lately (as you all know) and I am having a hard time coming to terms with being all the way done. Plus I don’t have any babies around with which to get my fix. However, I do go home to a three-year old who hasn’t been feeling so well lately, which is pretty damn good birth control right there. I don’t get annoyed (much) at him, but it IS good reminder of all of the stuff I am NOT missing by being done. Everything has a sunny side.
It is cold here; I went out to take my morning walk and just about got blown away. We got the pilot lit in the furnace last night and kicked it on for the first time since May (and I broke my personal rule about not turning the heat on until AT LEAST October 1st), and I was glad of it when it come down to 30 degrees last night. It will be chicken noodle soup and bread for dinner tonight, and the recommencing of our nightly tea-before-bed ritual; like I said, everything has a sunny side. Also, Ice Age 3 is at the cheap theater this weekend (the $2.00 theater), so for $12 we can maybe all go to see it; I loved the first two, so am excited to see this one as well.
(Clearly I am running out of things to say, so perhaps I should just, you know, stop here. A novel idea, you say?)