YAY, LYNNE!!! That's super exciting!!
Sean, I thought you liked the monotonous stuff like filing, photocopying etc? Or does that not extend to shredding? It sounds like you are doing pretty well with your job though, so that's a good thing.
I had a dream last night that we found 2 little baby kittens and in the dream I was thinking "There must be something about the Lex...Sean just took on 2 little kittens, too...I'll have to tell him about these babies!" And then I woke up and realized I probably dreamed it BECAUSE of your new kittens.
Marielle, Welcome back!!! So good to see you! I'm sorry about Garfield. I know I've heard of that before, though I think it was a dog in that case. I hope he feels better soon!
Susie, Thanks for stopping by! I hope your book is done soon because we miss you! Of course we understand that the book has to come first, but I think we'll all be happy to see more of you!
MM went to play with a friend today and I had to go pick him up...man his friend's mom drives me NUTS!! She's one of those moms who is convinced her child is so special and better than everyone else's, due to her superior parenting. She ends up insulting you every 5 seconds and I don't even think she knows how offensive she is. Like...I go to pick MM up and she says "Oh, did you walk the whole way?" and I said yes, but it's not that far and she proceeds to tell me that it's very odd that MM doesn't know how to ride a bike without training wheels as HER son has been doing it since he was 2 and a half, and she supposes that's the difference between Americans and Dutch people...Dutch people learn much faster and ride bikes more. Well, yes, you do...we have snow and ice on the ground for 9 months out of the year back home, which is not conducive to using a bike as transportation...plus our towns are small enough that you can generally walk everywhere and if you need to go out of town, the closest town is probably an hour or more away by car...also not conducive to biking. So then she asks me if MM gets to move on to group 3 (first grade) next year, and I say yes and she looks surprised and then says "Oh that's pretty good considering how young he is. He's almost a year younger than Tim. I thought maybe because he doesn't speak that well in Dutch they'd hold him back." Which is HILARIOUS because MM speaks Dutch extremely well and scored high on all his tests and can already read, unlike Tim who is as she said, almost a year older. And that's not to say that Tim is a dumb kid or anything, just that there is NO problem with MM's Dutch...he's actually advanced. And she says " It's probably because he also speaks English, so he has 2 vocabularies, but I definitely notice a BIG difference between Tim and him. It's probably good that they play together so he can learn from Tim." So I tell her that his teachers say he he has no problems with Dutch, he can read and do math and scored high on his tests and the only issue his teachers have is his fine motor skills, but we had him tested and the physical therapist said he's too good to warrant treatment and that his issue is probably just because he IS so young. (he's the youngest in his class...kids have to do 2 years of kindergarten, starting on their 4th birthday, but because of where his birthday falls, he's just in time for the cut-off to move on, so he actually only does a year and a half) So she says "Oh, Tim has VERY good motor skills. He can help MM. Can MM swim? Tim already has his A AND B diplomas!" Then as we're leaving, she tells me MM was speaking to her in English, which I have a hard time believing because he doesn't do that. He understands everything in English, but he doesn't usually answer me in English and he certainly doesn't speak to OTHER people in English when they are speaking Dutch to him....but whatever. So I said "Oh really? He usually doesn't SPEAK English himself...he understands it spoken to him, but he doesn't speak it back" and she says "Well, he did to me...maybe because I'm very open to children in general and they sense that." She just makes me want to punch her in the mouth and I'm not usually a violent person. -I- know there's nothing wrong with my kids, and that I'm not "closed off" or anything, but I just feel like she is insulting me and I want to defend myself, but I also know she's just so dense that she really doesn't even know she's doing it. She takes all her son's bad behavior (like running off without her on the way to school, including crossing a busy street. or refusing to wear a jacket when it's cold outside) as a sign that he's so advanced and needs more independence. "He's just so darned smart and he SHOULD have been allowed to go on to the next grade already, but the school wouldn't listen to me." Perhaps that's because he's not so advanced as you THINK he is. I don't think he's BELOW average or anything, but he's your average 6 year old kid and she paints it like he's at the level of a 9 year old and the school just won't let him move on because of his age. But there is one boy in Bug's class who is actually a couple of weeks YOUNGER than Tim, and they let HIM move on. So obviously it has nothing to do with his age. Anyway...bah, I'm just glad to be home now. That woman makes me want to scream!! It's FINE to brag on your kids' accomplishments...we're all proud of our kids, of course! But when you are putting OTHER people and their children down in the process, it's NOT ok. But I don't know how to clue her in without being offensive myself, and I refuse to stoop to that level. When my kids do something well, I'll shout it from the rooftops, but I'm not going to around telling other people how much BETTER my kids are. Every kid is different, has strengths and weaknesses and we SHOULD be proud of them at whatever level they are, but you don't need to insult everyone else in the process. Bug's advanced at reading, but she is slow with things like swimming and riding her bike. That doesn't make her better or worse than any other kid her age...it's just where SHE is. But this woman comes across as though her child has no weaknesses and is advanced in EVERY area...she's like Lady Catherine de Bourgh, but with a sort of "dotty" manner and she's not rich, just condescending.
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