Next up, Royal was given his magic potion around 7:15. He was in true agro form. I knew it was due to the anticipation of the first day of school, but I struggle epically with this "special" attitude. He was let out of his room 30 minutes later and I spent the next 45 minutes feeding, packing, and referee-ing. He got to school in time to meet his new teacher.
Once back home, Hiyab was clingy, crabby, and demanding to "have (com)puter time," (ABCmouse.com is her "school" when needed. She thinks it's he god-given right!). Wyatt was obviously glum and also a bit grouchy. Both of them missed their sidekicks (Royal and Levi). They didn't know what to do with their emotions. Wyatt wanted to do school too. Unfortunately for them, their teacher is still denying the fact that she's their teacher and hadn't even ordered school books yet. She took care of that later in the day.
Day Two was about the same but with more drama. Levi was in the kitchen at 6 am organizing papers, filling out worksheets, making his lunch, and wearing the same shirt he wore to school yesterday. "Levi, you've got to change your shirt." "Why?" "Well, kids who go to school have an unspoken rule about cloths. You can't wear the same shirt more than once a week." "Why?" "I don't know! That's just the way it works. Homeschooled kids never learn this because their mom encourages wearing the same thing for days to save on laundry." "But I wore a sweatshirt yesterday. No one even saw my shirt." My theory was blown when Harrison came down in the same shirt he wore the day before. "Harrison! You wore that shirt yesterday." "So, I was wearing a sweatshirt."
So.... Maybe that's a girl vs. boy thing and has nothing to do with homeschool? FYI Royal ALSO had yesterday's shirt on when he came down... Bah!
When Levi came home he told me that he was supposed to hand in a paper that day that he didn't know about (it was assigned at the beginning of the summer). He was remorseful. It's now 9:30 pm and he's still doing homework. He's done more homework today then he's ever done in his life (like more than an entire day of homeschooling). I told him how proud I am of him for working so hard. "Really? You are?" "Yes Levi. It will get easier with time. Stick with it."
It occurred to me just now that Levi is like Dr. Brown in Back to the Future- quirky, curious, and thinks outside the box. He's the super genius that nobody sees coming. I adore him to the core of his being. Classical Education will be hard on him.
Tonight Royal also told me his woe's. He was put in a 2/3 split class. Suddenly he isn't the oldest/smartest/best in his class. His ego is suffering. I assured him that he must have been chosen for the split class because they know he can handle it. He's smart. He works hard. He can do this thing!
|I agreed to buy Slurpees on the last day of summer. Someone was excited.|
|Levi going to "real" school for the first time. (I love how Bentley is looking at Harrison).|
|The Royal one. He's so darn good lookin!!|
|These three were all out of whack with the other three away. They suddenly didn't know how to function and wanted to start school. Teacher said, "Heck no. Lets go on a walk and eat ice cream!"|
|And, I noticed that Kyle isn't as tall as he used to be.|
And now, lets talk about my hair. For months I've been ready to cut off my long hair. I had this mental block that I couldn't do it when I was forty. I was worried I would suddenly look old - like people would think I'd chosen to cut it off and have the same hair until I die. I thought about getting it frosted, permed and set each week like my grandma. I think she was forty when she started...
And there you have it.