It’s been four days since my last post – I still have nothing profound to say. I’ll just write and see what comes out.
It’s been a busy, exhausting week.
* Work has kept me busy – with timeline shifting on an increased frequency.
* BoBo’s team had 3 baseball games (M-W), and there are 2 more on Saturday.
* The weather has been HOT.
* The end of school year activities, projects and studying was crazy.
* YaYa has been experienced more sadness.
* I haven’t been sleeping well AGAIN.
With all that is going on, it is no wonder that I have been feeling under the weather. Although I would have preferred to be in the cool air-conditioned building of my work, I *needed* a day OFF.
My day started out slower than usual. YaYa and I got just enough done to be able to drive BoBo to school for his last day of final exams. He survived his freshman year! I wish that he did better, but I am proud of him sticking with it in these final days of school. It has been a tough year; transitioning to high school was just a part of it. BoBo stuck it out.
I headed out the door with my hair still wet, wearing a half-asleep look on my face. After dropping BoBo off, we took a trip to Starbucks for coffee and, YaYa’s favorite, a lemon scone. Instead of rushing off, we sat in front and ate. The coffee didn’t help my queasy stomach, but it did ease the pressure in my head. Afterwards, we returned home to finish preparing for YaYa’s last day of school.
I dropped YaYa off just before the bell rang and took my time leaving campus. While watching the morning ritual of the Pledge of Allegiance and their Peace Builder Pledge, I chatted with another Mom. Since both of us are usually at work, the juxtaposition of the two pledges struck me as odd.
YaYa’s teacher gave me his report card and we arranged for a meeting after school to discuss his progress this year. This was something that I had asked about a couple of weeks ago after noting YaYa’s work was not available for many of the class assignments displayed at Open House. I was glad that we found the time, compliments of my *need* for a day off.
Although I took the day slow, I still felt the need to complete my run. I’ll just say that 6 miles of running in the heat was not fun but I survived. My time logged does not include the many stops to break for shade and sip my cytomax. I can say, however, that I was able to hit the required pace if you only count my moving time. If it’s good enough for Gumbyhead, than it’s good enough for me.
The meeting with YaYa’s teacher was informative. My concerns regarding his learning this year was relieved somewhat. Ever since YaYa started kindergarten (turning 5 years old on the 1st day of school), I have regretted my decision to send him so young. Although he has been identified as GATE, his talents don’t come out amongst a class of students who are up to a year older than him. He struggles to keep up and homework is a battle of wills.
In spite of these issues, holding him back a year has never made sense. Today, YaYa’s teacher confirmed that he was ready to move to 4th grade – not because the year has passed. More so, she *insisted* that she did not feel that he would benefit from doing so. YaYa’s teacher noted that although his report card notes that he is only “approaching grade level,” she feels that he has learned ALL of the material. He just doesn’t produce the work due to a lack of focus.
It’s been a tough school year for both boys. I am glad that it’s done with. Now, on to the summer – which is just a new set of worries.
I went home to my couch, where I lay unconscious for an hour or so before I got up to return my Mommy duties. We have loads of dirty laundry, cluttered rooms, and packing for camp to take care of. Tonight, though, I am going to continue to take it easy.
Can the ho-hum of everyday life be profound? I think so :-) Man, that’s a long school year. I’m sure the boys will be glad to be out, and I hope your schedule eases up just a bit….
Nothing wrong with taking it easy. Hope you are sleeping better.
Not too surprising the boys had a tough year. One of the reasons I homeschooled was to allow the boys the freedom to explore and move at their pace. (I know this is a luxury that is not available to everyone). They were both like YaYa – testing into the gifted classroom. I think for kids like YaYa, the regular classroom stuff is so easy it feels like busy work and is hard to find motivation.
I wouldn’t necessarily call that not “profound”. it’s life. And we like hearing about it :)
The end of the year can be so crazy! I thought college exams were bad but geesh the last week in elementary is brutal these days. I think I needed to sleep a week by the time my kiddos were done! Glad you got the day to get stuff done!
the mundane is almost always profound. your boys are passing big milestones…i’m glad you are able to be there for them.