I am inexplicably pro fried egg with toast, but anti egg-in-a-hole. Which is fried egg inside a piece of toast. There is no rational argument I can use to explain this. I keep trying to make one. Nope.
While making fried eggs with son #2 we discovered one of them was sending us a message. Interestingly enough, the heart only appeared when the egg was sunny side up. The moment it went over hard, it disappeared.
Son #1 had a hard day yesterday too. He had an audition at school on violin and I was volunteering with the orchestra. I managed somehow to show EVERYONE else the site-reading exercises that they were supposed to look at prior to their audition. Except him.
He was stunned and froze and panicked and worried that he had botched his audition so badly that he wouldn't be allowed back in orchestra. Any words of encouragement from mom were firmly rebuffed. Because he was trying really hard to hold it together and kind words might make him fall apart. Which is not acceptable in fourth grade. Or as a boy. Or as a Scandinavian-Minnesotan.
THE WHOLE DAY WAS A COMPLETE DISASTER AND NOTHING WOULD EVER GET BETTER.
It is a terrible thing to see your worst traits reflected back in your children. Crap. And we are back to a single bad thing coloring the whole day.
Happily the school librarian noticed his distress and administered several Garfield books to be read immediately before allowing him to return to class. And by the end of the day things were fine.
Maybe we can learn together to let bad moments go by. Make them fleeting. To not let one negative thing taint the whole day. To look for little positives and big positives and string them together while letting go of the things that drag us down.
P.S. I saved instrumental music. A note from the principal sent out to all parents last week:
"On that note, I am happy to report that
we have found a way to incorporate the opportunity for our 4th grade students to continue to learn a string instrument as part of the school day with our own Yinghua music specialists... A special thanks to several parents, Ms.___, and ____ Laoshi who put their heads together with me to help solve this potentially challenging situation!"
P.P.S. I have no energy to save anything else on the corporate level
Quaker, teacher, parent,