I am Busy, I am Bad

So, this week has been crazy. I started back on Weight Watchers. I started training for the Thanksgiving Half-Marathon. Todd and I are trying to plan our basement renovations. I am writing the first monthly newsletter for my kids’ school. It has to go to the printer the same day that school starts. I am babysitting my nephew tonight and tomorrow.

Got off to a terrible start this morning when I showed up at the open house registration with the wrong paperwork. The list of required documentation said “Proof of Residency, such as a utility bill, deed, et.” I brought my Comcast bill. They said they needed a utility bill and that phone didn’t count. Since when is phone not considered a utility bill!? Luckily, Todd had one in his car and ran out and got it, but I am pretty sure that I will be known in the future as “that bitchy Mom that got all huffy over the Comcast bill.” Oh, well. I have been called worse. And would it have killed the folks at the school to apologize to me for the confusion? Am i off base here?

We proceeded to get Rollie squared away, and found his new Kindergarten classroom. His teacher seems nice, but I would be lying if I didn’t wish that her grammar was a little better. (Not sure if that makes me a snob or what. Is it too much to ask that my child’s teacher be well-spoken?) I do believe that what kids learn at home trumps what they learn in the classroom, though, and so I am sure he will be fine. And I do like that she seems kind of old school otherwise.

Anyway, it’s Wednesday, and Rollie starts back to school on Monday. It will be nice to get back on schedule. Even if it means that I am old enough to have a Kindergartner! And oh, my GOD. He is going to ride the bus. I am scared. Very scared. And busy, and I guess kind of bad for being so judgmental about my kid’s teacher.

Wait til you hear about me buying his baseball equipment. Now that is a funny story.


  5 comments for “I am Busy, I am Bad

  1. August 5, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Do not feel bad about either of those things. I was the mom who got into a huff last year because the utility bill I brought wasn’t the current month’s bill, but it was the only one I could find!

    And don’t feel about noticing Mrs. B.’s grammar. Everyone does. And there are those who will tell you that it did affect the way their children spoke, so just be sure to be vigilant about correcting Rollie when he brings home her specific manners of speech.

    He’ll be fine, though. I think otherwise, she’s a great teacher and her kids like her.

  2. Lauren
    August 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    i’m bummed with a 2 out of 3 chance that Rollie did not end up in either of girls’ classes! That said, I also got huffy since i went to wachovia.com to print said utility bill (we really get no paper bills!) but only made ONE copy. They looked at me like i was crazy since of course I was registering TWO children. They said “where is your other copy?” rather than “hold on, let us run you a second copy.”. Finally that got dealt with.

    I also had my moment of guilt when the large non-English speaking family arrived in Leah’s class and the poor older brother had to translate everything for the parent and I could see how confusing it all was for them and then thought– “will this affect class room dynamics when there is someone with English as a second language?”


    Then I also had my own moment of feeling OK about not even trying for Magnet program since bottom line is now that both girls will have a lower student: teacher ratio with only 15 kids vs the 22 in magnet. Surely that has it’s benefits too!

    Waiting for my first nightmare re: kids lost at school and unable to find bus. I told both teachers I’d drive them Monday/Tuesday and start bus Wednesday. WE CAN DO THIS! 🙂

  3. Jason
    August 6, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Elle’s para-pro looks like Beverly D’Angelo with an even more pronounced overbite and poor grammar to match.

    Oh and the joy of finding out there were only 10 kids in the class at open house …only to find out that the class had “grown” to 18 two days later.

  4. August 6, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Jason, our classes are 18 to 20 or so. LOL about Bev. D’angelo.

    Okay, Lauren – You are not alone in thinking all those different thoughts. I thought the same last year. But i also found that I was amazed at how the kids with non-english-speaking parents are amazing little sponges, and I also loved that Rollie had a great understanding of the fact that people are so varied and different, but that he didn’t make a big deal out of it.

    If I had twins, I also would not have bothered with two copies of the bill. that is just ridiculous. I guess that will help you get used to the fact that they are separate kids! I am so glad I am not dealing with two of everything coming in every day via courier. You are going to need an extra recycling bin!

    Bus – I am also v. nervous about the bus. I am taking him the first day, but was going to let him use bus the second. Should I drive him the second day too? I thought Leah and Syd would be on there too!

  5. August 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Anne- I remember how incredibly nervous I was putting Sophie on the bus that first day too. So many moms of older kids encouraged me to start her off on the bus the very first day, and I was glad I did. Our experience was that the busdriver sat all the K students right behind him, and they had assigned seats. Once the bus arrived at school, there were teachers designated just for the K students, to make sure they got where they needed to be. They did this for the first few days of school. I was amazed at how quickly she got the hang of it, and totally did not want any help! K is a very liberating experience for them, the changes in them that year are amazing. You know Rollie best, but just wanted to share what worked for us. Good luck, and have a nice bloody mary when you get home that first day!

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