Sorry for the long delay...by the time we got here on Thursday, we were pretty thoroughly destroyed. Yesterday was spent running errands, and I discovered where all the dryer lint in the universe had gone...it was inhabiting my brain pan and jiggling gently. I swear to you that was all that was up there, and Catalan, what the hell is that? Could not understand a single freaking word. Well, one or two but Honest to God...
And the space bar on this computer has mysteriously gotten sticky...boy oh boy is that making me happy. Half of this post is coming out as one big fat sentence. Anyone out there know what to do about this? Don't tell me to take the key off though, I had a problem with a control key, looked it upon line, they told me to take another key off to see how they are assembled, and then replace them both. NEVER DO THIS. I now am missing both the control key and the alt key next to it. I hate this space bar really really badly.
Anyway, the kids are fine, they got their new school books, boy was that ever pricey. Youngest has a different teacher, the old English teacher. Our only challenge will be to make sure that she doesn't just talk to her in English. That said, she had a buddy over yesterday, and she was chattering away in appalling Catalan, even lint-head here could have done better, but she was having fun and making herself understood, so there is hope, and I don't have to shift her to another school.
I have been debating what to do about eldest's approaching debut at the high school in town. Next year. This is a full on 12 through 18 years old high school, population around 2500 which is making my toes curl under and my belly wobble to think about. The plus for this place, her friends will go there, and it will all be local kids.
That's it. It is big, even by my city standards, and the thought of my baby walking in the door there makes me go weak. Eeeeekkkkk. Her language skills will not be up to the mark, and from what I have heard, the teachers accept what the kids give them without pushing for more. Not quite as supportive an environment as maybe I would hope for.
There is however also another private (semi-subsidised) school in the town that goes through to 16. Advantages? Smaller and she would get more attention, plus there is a stronger emphasis on academics. Negative, none of her friends go there, and the kids there have been together since kindergarten, although I teach a bunch of them English and I think that they would be as nice as the kids at the current school. Good group of kids. The other disadvantage is that some of them come from neighbouring communities, not all local. This makes getting together with your buddies tricky. We'll look into the school and see, but next year she has to move on.
Just want to do the best we can for her.
Coming soon, the flight from H-E-double-hockey sticks.........