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Short Notes from the Trenches

1. I think the kids' big 5th birthday present will be bunk beds. Right now they are sleeping on a mattress on the floor. I grew up sleeping on a mattress on the floor (later an ancient roll-away twin bed) and I didn't see any real downsides to this scheme at the time. I have discovered a downside or two, however. Mostly they involve what happens when you let two energetic preschoolers bounce on a bed together. It's all fun and games until someone cracks heads or you're trying to get out the door for school in the morning.

2. At the kindergarten information session I attended last night, one of the other parents expressed her worry that sending her children to public schools would prepare them for a life as "cubicle dwellers rather than, you know, leaders." Can I choose None of the Above, please?

3. I can't remember if this was the same parent who professed interest in maker/hacker culture. She had nice purple streaks in her hair, though.

4. I think that I can see where all my skills in events management and administrative tasks and budgeting and so forth are going to be most utilized in the next few years.

5. Speaking of which, I didn't quite understand why everyone was so impressed when I said I had a spreadsheet for this Kindergarten thing -- I mean, it's just a glorified chart, really -- until I met the woman who admitted she had dozens of loose pieces of memo paper as her notes. Which is fine, I just didn't realize just how well I overcompensate sometimes. IOW, I never imagined aggressively casual, I-love-piles Myself as the intimidatingly together one. I should probably get over it.

6. April just declared to her teachers that she doesn't wear pants.

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At the kindergarten information session I attended last night, one of the other parents expressed her worry that sending her children to public schools would prepare them for a life as "cubicle dwellers rather than, you know, leaders." Can I choose None of the Above, please?

Ugh. This is what our society has come to? These are our options? How very Brave New World.

Reminds me of how at parent-teacher night, my mother would discover that the parents of the kids I disliked most were always the parents she found most odious, always wearing business suits and bragging about their incomes.