Yes, I really did have a classmate die from chicken pox in the 2nd grade. We were a small class, so as you can imagine, this was shocking. I would think it would seem natural that vaccines are a hot topic for me. Drowning is another hot topic since the summer before 1st grade, I had a classmate drown in a pond. Yep, you read that correctly. By the time I was in 3rd grade, I had already lost TWO classmates. And to begin with, Oskaloosa is small freaking town! We only had a total of 40 kids in our class.
Do not even get me started on lawnmower injuries - besides my own mother getting an injury from a flying piece of wire, I had a classmate with a missing finger. Last week, I completely lost my shit with X over our lawnmower and a safety concern I have with it. I am total freak when it comes to lawnmower safety.
Where was I? Oh.
Recently Lindsay at Suburban Turmoil had a nice post on her New Preschool Perspective. I went through this earlier this year when mothers at Arun's school were switching their kids left and right to other pre-K programs. Because of his October birthday, Arun will not be eligible for a pre-K program until next year, so I have some time to think about this. Then, I began to question the program at Arun's school - was it good enough? Fortunately, I had myself a V-8 and realized that ultimately, it does not matter. I truly believe that a pre-K program is not important. And I reminded myself why we are even doing the current little school right now - it is fun and convenient for us. It provides a nice break in routine for 2 days a week. We love the teachers. We like supporting the school itself. That is it. Nothing more. As such, the pre-K program will be the same for us and we decided not to switch Arun next year.
Yesterday, I had a Life's Perfect Moment with Team Chaos. We went to Overland Park's Botanical Gardens and just hung out. That was it. Just hanging. No agenda other than watching frogs, turtles, birds, bees, butterflies, moths and some skittering lizard/skink/newt thingies. It was fabulous and relaxing. While the kids dug in dirt and rocks, I sat watching hawks floating in the air, feeling the cool breeze on my arms.
And I enjoyed just being.