It was a banner day at Casa de Mandajuice. Alex started second grade and Genoa had her first(ish) day of Kindergarten. (Our school has individual appointments with Kindergartners during the first week, but school officially starts for her on Tuesday.)
Alex was SOOO excited. All THREE of his closest neighborhood friends ended up with him in Mrs. Smith's class, including his BFF, Gabe. I was actually SHOCKED that the school put those two boys in the same class because last year they tended to get a bit disruptive together. And by a bit, I mean A LOT. Alex, however, is 100% positive about it, "I'm gonna work hard not to let it be a problem, Mom."
After dropping him off, we went home, where I did Genoa's hair and we all rushed back to school, Joel included, to meet with Genoa's Kindergarten teacher.
She ended up with the same teacher Alex had for Kindergarten, which is either a blessing or a curse. It's too soon to tell.
After Genoa's assessment, the teacher had plenty of time to show off her new Smart Board, which is basically what would happen if an iPad, a whiteboard and an overhead projector all smoked weed and had a lovechild. Joel took pictures and labeled it: Techknowledgey!
WAIT. STOP THE MOTHERFUCKING PHONE.
Here I was... sitting on the patio, waiting for Joel to get home, listening to the kids play in the yard, happily writing about the First! Day! of! School! and how, in spite of the fact that I haven't slept for a week because I knew - KNEW - I was going to have see Dave for the first time in months, it actually went okay. I mean, seeing him is no picnic, but I felt like I was doing a pretty damn good job playing nice in front of the kids. I'm trying to just... be. I don't want them to see the anger, but I also don't want to fake it in front of them because they'll see right through that. So there were no saccharine niceties today, just business. Joel was there with me the entire time and I got through it. Barely.
So anyway, here I am! I'm writing! Happy! I was even going to mention how RAD it is that thanks to you lovely people, I not only have INTERNET on this fine final day of August, but gas! and electricity! and water! Which I am eternally grateful for!
Great day, right?