Sunday, August 21, 2011
Jonah and I went school shopping Friday evening.
We spent $72. Just for the things on the list.
I thought everyone had a right to free and public education?
It's different here than in Pennsylvania, where I grew up: in PA you actually COULD go through school "for free". The school provided a pencil every nine weeks. Paper was readily available in every room - and with those two things you could make your way through the education system. Granted, most kids bought their own pencils and folders and notebooks - but you COULD do school without purchasing anything.
Regardless, that's what we spent for all of the "required" items.
Jonah has started to get nervous:
What if I don't finish my work in time?
What if I need to come home?
He has a ton of "what ifs". I can't blame him. It's a totally new experience. I'm working on being supportive of him no matter what. It's hard for a person who is a neurotic planner (me). I like to know what's going to happen and when and how everything will go down. This is something where I need to remain supportive and I have no idea what the outcome of this will be.
Michael and I are working together to re-program our brains to the thinking we believe in instead of the thinking we were taught as children. We're looking at school as just another tool... another choice - like swim team or tae kwon do lessons. It's tough to do as a kid who went through K - 12 as a public school kid.
Prayers still appreciated.
I'm feeling a little better now, about everything. Still hoping (I admit it) that Jonah will choose to come back home - but prepared for whatever he needs.
Posted by Missy at 5:39 AM