Firsts are always hard work and the first week back at school is particularly exhausting. At our school they don’t actually allocate classes until a couple of days in, so we’ve had the angst of ‘wondering’ to add to the first day back nerves. The good thing about this system is that for the first couple of days it’s always back to last year’s class, back to the familiar and the safe.
Well, the teacher ballot came in today and we seem to have done… okay. Only one of my children’s teachers this year would be my first choice and that’s really hard to deal with. These are not bad teachers, not at all, just not the ‘best’ (in my opinion, which is built entirely on rumour and suggestion and not at all on my experience of my child in the class… perhaps it’s best that others do the choosing?). I do think it seems entirely unfair that such an important decision in our child’s life is taken entirely out of our hands. Which teacher a kid get makes a HUGE difference and it’s hard to trust that others will get it right. But trust we must.
Have you ever had a teacher that you had no good reason to not want for your child but you just… didn’t? Did you do anything about it or did you just suck it up and get on with it? I have always found that shaky allocations in life often turn out to be the best thing that ever happened – we make the best of what we receive and when we are not entirely happy we usually work harder to make things even better.
The most important thing, of course, is that my kids always believe that I think the teacher they’ve landed is THE BEST teacher for them. How LUCKY they are to have that teacher! Etc, etc, etc. And so it goes up here, back in the saddle, staring into the yawning new school year, just wondering…
Other things that had me this week:
Reading – I’ve put Human Croquet aside for now as I want to make Kate Atkinson last, so I’ve started on The Virgin Suicides by Jeffery Eugenides. The man sure can pen a wonderful character (as evidenced in his later Middlesex, one of my favourite books ever).
Writing – still plugging away at my little ebook. You would think I was writing War and Peace.
Making – a little car wash for toys. Have a go.
Wishing – I had just one kid who jauntily sailed through life. I think I used to, but now I’m not so sure.
Loving – all the darling finds I picked for the DTLL newsletter this week. Want them aaaaalllll…
Wondering– if it will all turn out alright in the end…
If you haven’t met Babs yet, you’d best click on over right this minute. She is a one-of-a-kind, full-of-beans, come-as-you-are dynamo. I’ve loved her blog ever since I first clapped eyes on it and I’m pretty sure you will too.
PS – Yippee, I’m going to the Sydney Problogger meet up on 10 March – tix were sold out in hours, but did you manage to snag yours? Hope so!
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