To start, I must clarify something I said in yesterday’s entry. I do not believe that ALL doctors are arrogant with a God complex. Didn’t mean to ruffle feathers – there are many wonderful conscientious doctors out there. I’m sure you know who you are.
Ok, now that we got that out of the way, let me say a couple of things about toddlers. Actually, I’ll say something about myself first. There are many things I probably wasn’t great at when my kids were little. Two things I was really good at was putting them to bed and getting them places on time, even as toddlers. I don’t know why I was good at this, but we never had issues with it, with Maya or Ben. So I don’t get using toddlers as an excuse to be late all the time. As though somehow getting a two year old ready to go is an almost insurmountable task that will take an undetermined amount of time. Every time. I love my friends’ toddlers. (A lot. They are adorable little people) I love my friends. I don’t get the toddler running the schedule thing. But then maybe they don’t get our need to be early everywhere we go, or my lack of discretion regarding soda and our semi-regular visits to McDonalds.
Our building had its’ annual holiday party this evening. Ever since I was on the Board it has been my task to organize the kids side of the party. Not too difficult – I bring goody bags, paper, markers and stickers and let them go to town. Everyone seems to enjoy themselves. Today I got to sit and talk with two moms I don’t know very well, both of whom have 4 year olds. We talked about education (what else do parents talk about after the kid is potty trained?). I told them about homeschooling, and they regaled me with stories of G&T tests for which you must sign up before a certain date and which are not publicized. (That’s Gifted & Talented for those like me who had to ask.) The only way you’d know about it is if you constantly checked the DOE website, or if you had your kid in preschool and they told you about it. Then there is the re-zoning going on in our area to accommodate overcrowding in the local grammar school (PS199). They’ve actually started a new public school a few blocks north – something like PS432 or “The Overflow School”. I kid you not. That’s what they are calling it. And wouldn’t you love to be enrolled in ‘the overflow school’? It’s like calling it the Leftover School.
There is a girl in our building with whom Maya is casually friendly. She goes to a private girls school, and opted out of the party early this evening. Apparently upset because she missed two questions on a science test. Huh? Her mother told the other kids she cries if she ‘only’ gets 99% on a test. (This is not a family thing. Her son, who goes to an all boys’ private school, is happy to score anything above a 70, according to his mother). So is it pressure from the school, or just her personality? Or a combination of both? Might not bode well for the years to come. One can’t be perfect all the time.
And finally, here’s a quote from Albert Einstein. We would all do well to emulate him in this.
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”