Friday, May 05, 2006

[random] Adventures in arts and crafts

So, the other evening The Boy was working on a school project with his mom while I cooked dinner. He's got this amazingly annoying art thing going on - and you'll probably need some backstory here. You see, The Boy is in one of two full-time K classrooms at his school; the (need-based) tuition we pay covers the extra 1/2 FTE that gives his school 2 full-time K teachers. It also pays for a 3rd part-time teacher who regularly takes up to 1/3 of the kids from each room for more intensive, hands-on enrichment stuff. This 3rd teacher is pregnant and will be taking maternity leave soonish, so the kids are working on a 'thank you'/'happy baby' project. Whew. Back to the story. How is it annoying? I hate to say it, but a bunch of affluent, overly-involved, stay-at-home moms who are at wits ends now that their kids are in full-day kindergarten have Shanghaied this thing and turned what could have been a simple 'thank you' into the 6-yr-old scrapbook version of the Book of Kells or the Bayeaux Tapestry. It's turned into a major pain in the arse, and I've kept my distance on purpose... If I was involved in the day-to-day email exchanges about The Project, I'd have torn off someone's head and shat down their neck by this point. I think it's probably better for everyone this way. So, I'm cooking, and they're working, and all of a sudden I hear The Boy's voice pipe up cheerfully. "Well, that doesn't suck!" Momentary pause. "No, I suppose it doesn't. But I wouldn't get into the habit of using that at school unless you want to spend more time in [the Vice Principal]'s office." (still quite cheerful) "Okay. I knew that." There's some more rummaging and fidgeting as things are cleaned up prior to setting the table for dinner. The Boy, once more, cheerful as before: "It still doesn't suck, does it?" No. No, it doesn't.


Anonymous karen m said...

Hahaha! I guess I shouldn't be laughing too much - Big Girl has another year+ to go before we have to face that - but it's still funny.

I can't understand the need of some parents, moms in particular, to grab hold of their kids' projects and not let go. Let the kids do it. It's not easy and might not look as pretty, but at least it'll be theirs.

5/06/2006 06:31:00 AM  
Blogger protected static said...

With The Boy going to Dr. X's Mansion for school next year, one of our sick jokes has been that since there should a fair number of parents there with Aspberger-ish social skills (or who have kids with Aspberger-ish social skills), there should be a lot less of this interfering sort of nonsense...

Of course, that cuts both ways...

5/06/2006 09:22:00 AM  

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