Fly away home.
Your house is on fire.
And your children all gone.
All except one,
And that’s little Ann,
For she crept under
The frying pan.
Okay – maybe that’s a little more morbid than I want to be. But my baby (A2) has gone away for 2 weeks. She is with family and close friends, doing some work and having some fun. When we lived in the same town the Husband was raised in, A1 had the opportunity to work for our former daycare provider in the summer. She earned a little money and got a lot of training on how to take care of small kids. A2 had been lamenting the lack of that opportunity in our new home earlier in spring. So we told her she could certainly contact the daycare provider to see if she could do the same work for 2 weeks. The daycare provider welcomed her happily for 3 days each week that she is in town. A2 then contacted friends, grandparents, and an aunt and made arrangements for food, lodging, and transportation to and from work on working days.
So now she is gone. Last summer, she and her older sister went to summer camp for a week and I barely missed them. But now, it is just the baby flown away. I want to call her every few hours to check on her. I never checked on them last year. Do you suppose it’s because I knew her older sister would watch out for her? I guess I am not very trusting of her grandparents and I know that she has already been in a fight with the friend with whom she is to spend some of the weekend. She is old enough to handle those things herself. And she is a strong little girl. I guess I need to be strong to and let her go and have her own experiences. And having her out of the house means I can (hopefully) finish her quilt while she is away. That would be amazing.
Today’s art is, as usual, from tanglepatterns.com, String 035 – http://tanglepatterns.com/2013/01/tanglepatterns-string-035.html I think I told you at the beginning of this blog-venture that part of the goal is to document my arts and crafts and one of my goals is to go through, in order, each string from tanglepatterns. Good or bad, they show up here.
After today, there are only 8 school days left in the school year. What that means is A2, who is in 5th grade, is done learning anything. They will be having field trips and doing fun stuff for the rest of the year. They are no longer allowed to check books out of the library. The Boy and A1 are in high school and are gearing up for finals. I am not too worried about A1 – she is doing well. Except for Civics. I can see the possibility of her failing the class completely and having to retake it.
The Boy? Well, he is a junior. We have been doing the college tour, take the ACT, discuss funding thing since the first of the year. He did well on the ACT so he’s got that going for him. But his grades/ grade point average? These reflect his laziness. He just doesn’t do his homework. Or he is insolent because the teacher insults something in his 17 year old sensibilities. At the end of the first semester, his GPA was sitting at 3.0. That is an okay GPA, but if you want any kind of scholarship money from the state run schools, it has to be higher than that. He really needs to get straight A’s from here on out. My expectations are low. I don’t expect him to get any scholarships.
Summer is coming soon and luckily we have farmed all of the kids out to have some kind of job. The Boy works at the Subway and has talked to his manager about upping his hours. I’d love to see him working almost full time. A1 is going to work for her cousin babysitting to save the cousin some money on daycare. She will work two or three days a week when the cousin has her daughter. And A2 is going to go to Iowa to stay with family where she will help babysit and stuff for about 2 weeks. I’m a pretty proud parent that all of the kids will be doing something to earn money for themselves. And get them out of the house for a while.