I’m not quite sure how it happened, but I ended up friends with this anonymous dude who writes Filets to Fishsticks. I think it was because I told Him he should go get some acunpuncture. Anyway, I read His blog, He reads my blog. We each tried to write a novel last November, He finished, I didn’t.
The thing I like most, besides His sassy tweets, is His blog has such a clearly defined voice. And you know this is a guy who loves His family, knows His flaws and is comfortable mocking Himself. And really, that’s the biggest thing I look for in a blog.
His style does bear a bit of explanation. To protect his anonymity, He refers to Himself and His family with the first letter of the relevant pronoun capitalized. It’s not a Jesus complex or anything. I don’t think.
We’re public schoolies, sort of. I’m a tried and true public kid, k-12. She’s Christian elementary turned Montessori 6-12. I came out of it okay overall with the exception of a few small scars, but She didn’t fare as well. Looking back, in fact, She’s fairly irritated with Her educational background. Regardless, due partially to money and partially to personal belief, He’s a public kid.
Yes, We threw our now 7 year old son to the educational wolves 2 years ago and We haven’t looked back. Okay, that’s not entirely true. Despite the fact that many chose to let the public education system guide the ins and outs of their child’s school life, We don’t. Not yet, at least. His run through kindergarden was nightmarish at best, thanks to a truly uninvolved and uninterested teacher, and We decided that We couldn’t have that happen again. So We wrote a letter. I know, We’re daring and edgy like that. But it worked. He got a great teacher and everything was fantastic. The She and I hit the great divide. Having had one good, solid year, I was inclined to let it be, thinking He’d fare well with His newfound interest. She disagreed, then panicked, then e-mailed His first grade teach. Then set up a meeting with the new principle and tried to have Me be the only attendee. Which, you know, wasn’t cool since We weren’t on the same page.
So We did the face to face thing a few days ago. We meaning She came as well.
Will it matter? I’m not sure. The new principle fed Us the same “every teacher should be able to teach every child” line We’ve heard before, but something about her recital of it didn’t seem whole hearted. So maybe there’s hope. Either way, We’ll continue to speak up (or argue about speaking up) and We’ll continue to fight for His education. Why? Because We believe in Him and his right to not have a miserable time when His main focus should be math and reading. And Cray-Pas. Because Cray-Pas solidify nearly every public-school memory in existence.