Summer’s Officially Over, Dammit

School started this week for my boys.  New schools for both of them.  This is the fifth year in a row my oldest son has started a new school, and the sixth school he has attended.  It’s the third for my 8-year-old.  This is the first summer in five years that we haven’t moved households.  The Army wasn’t very forgiving in the “not uprooting your family” sense.  When Douche and I got divorced, I saw all of our moves as a blessing.  The boys were adaptable to change, because they’d had to be.  And besides, even when he was home, he usually wasn’t very involved.  When they started school here last year after the split, I thought “well, now they won’t have to change schools every year.”   Ha.

It wasn’t that they HAD to change schools this year, but they were both accepted into magnet schools.  Not knowing what a magnet school really was before we moved here, I’ll kind of explain it to you.  Where we live, the schools don’t offer “honors” or “gifted and talented” classes.  Therefore, they offer magnet schools, which move through the cirriculum at a faster pace, focusing on technology and (in my opinion) preparing them better for college.  It was a huge opportunity for them that I couldn’t pass up.  So now, they get up at 6 a.m. to be on their buses at 7:00 and 7:20, to ride for a half hour to school.  They have more homework, and harder projects, and that kind of scares me.  When I was a kid, my parents never helped me with my projects and they always sucked ass. 

Now, my boys are very different., and my reasons for applying them for admission were different.  Big J didn’t get the greatest grades this year.  It isn’t that he can’t do the work, but he is a “follower.”  If his buddies don’t do their work and goof off, so will he.  He is very smart, but can be kind of ditzy sometimes…hmmm, wonder where that came from?  He has the mind, but he is lazy.  Plus, he is starting to get interesting in girls and one fast little girl in particular.  (I had to put a stop to that one, I don’t want to be a grandma before I’m 35).  I’m hoping that being in this new school, among children who actually WANT to learn will set him straight before it’s too late.  He also had a problem with bullies last year.  I’m sure part of that is that he was the new kid.  Growing up on military bases, everyone was the new kid, but here it’s different.  Everyone knows everyone else and has since birth.  He told me the kids at this school are a lot friendlier and he isn’t worried about bullies anymore. 

Little J is the rule-follower.  He is honest, and loves to learn new things.  He was constantly asking teachers for more work, harder work, something else to do.  He has always done well in school.  It’s funny, because at home, Big J is the one who usually gives me the least trouble, but in school, he gets in trouble for talking, not listening, etc.  Little J is the complete opposite.  He can be a little hellion at home, but as soon as he hits the classroom, he’s a complete angel.  Go figure.  He is excited about his new school because all of the kids there follow the rules.  Well, all except a little girl named Pheobe.  She sits across from him and talks all day.  He told me today that she was bragging because she already knew cursive (most of the other kids don’t).  She annoys the heck out of him!

I’m very grateful that my boys have this opportunity.  Hopefully, it will make it easier for them to go to college after high school.  Hopefully, they will go farther in life than either of their parents.  Isn’t that what everyone wishes for their children?

2 Responses to “Summer’s Officially Over, Dammit”

  1. 1 apathetic bliss August 16, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Yeah I think we as parents always want more for our kids. Good luck to both your Js and to you Mama….happy school year!

  2. 2 honeywine August 18, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I finally checked my email today (I’ve been avoiding it because I shot off an impulsive email to my MIL…I’ll tell you next time we talk). Wow! Those kids are growing like weeds. 😦 I’m old. Dammit. I miss ya’ll. If M. get’s a decent job, I’m taking a trip to see ya’ll the first chance I get.

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