It’s Spring here in the Upstate and my children are in the trees and sniffing flowers. And learning about pollen.
We often play with chalk on the roads in The Valley (painting or drawing or spraying) and last week Drew found a ton of “yellow chalk” on the road to Grammy’s house and he was very confused because he knew none of us had done it.
“ARE GRAMMY AND POPPY PLAYING WITH CHALK?”
“…that’s pollen, sweetie.”
Drew is in the last 8 weeks of 5th grade and is soaking every bit of it up. This is the last year he will have “recess” (he still gets free time in Middle School) and he’s nervous about the extra structure and huge complex of buildings he will navigate next year.
Daniel and I attended a parents meeting at the Middle School last night and I was flabbergasted at how TECH and COOL it is. This building is actually where my mom graduated from high school. It has glorious hard wood floors from 1939 but now it also has over 100 security cameras and the entire campus is enclosed vs. open air. They also have a MAC lab with over 30+ new iMacs. Drool. They have a STEM/robotics lab where they design things like prosthetics and they even have a medical detective lab where they study “crime scenes.” And a beautiful art studio with a kiln!
Interestingly, Drew wants to do band this year (he has NEVER wanted to play a musical instrument before and that’s so weird because both of our families have always been highly musical) and after trying out all the instruments in the band, he has settled on the flute! 😛 I’m secretly happy he chose that because it’s what I played for years and also, it is not a huge instrument he will have to lug around. Whew.
Middle school for my kids will just be so different than what I experienced. I was more focused on after school jolly ranchers that you could buy in Late Stay than anything even remotely near what Drew will get to experience.
Amelia turns 4 in November so she misses the deadline for Kindergarten this year. She is dying to go to school so I’m currently researching preschools in our area. I didn’t think I’d go that route mostly because we have two grandmothers (who were teachers) within walking distance of our home and I imagined lovely afternoons where she would sit with counting bears and alphabet cards. But my daughter has taught herself everything she needs to know for Kindergarten already just because of the kids’ iPad games (!) and she’s on the verge of reading now. So preschool for her will be about social activities I suppose.
Daniel recently moved out of the co-working space he was using downtown Greenville and now he has a private office about 7 minutes from our house! I am so happy for him that he can have more of quiet space for meetings and a place to call his own. It’s also a plus that he can come home for lunch now or we can meet up at a local restaurant.