Posted by Joke at 6:51 AM
Poppy Buxom posted at 8:14 AM, May 13, 2008
Luckily the driving-to-school thing is pretty much pointless for the Buxoms. I could stand at the end of the driveway, toss a tennis ball skywards, and have it land on the school in question.
So they walk.
I guess that's repayment for having had to deal with high school traffic for the past ten years.
My answer to what NOS was going to drive would be to reintroduce the question of insurance coverage.
In fact, I don't think it's a bad idea to make kids pay for their car insurance. And gas.
p.s. Being a spoiled brat East Coast prep, I went to a school that had "Upper School" and "Lower School." I am still not clear as to what Middle School is. I could ask my children, but why waste my breath? They won't know themselves. I must say, though, that it's a typical bit of Joke-osity that you are sufficiently worked up over something as minor as the phrase "middle school" to rant--I mean mention it in your blog.
Joke posted at 8:33 AM, May 13, 2008
I can only rant about minor things. If I started ranting about say, monetary policy or what we ought do about Lebanon this blog would begin to hemorrhage readers.
P.S. Middle school is what Junior High school used to be before someone noticed the word "Junior" was an exploitative term beloved of the hierarchy and redolent with the awfulness that is the patriarchal hegemony and so it was dropped in a show of typical flaccidity.
Except ovah heah, wheah we are pretty keen on all the patriarchy doings.
BabelBabe posted at 10:50 AM, May 13, 2008
Joke posted at 10:53 AM, May 13, 2008
What? It's a language. (There's a goodly number of Portuguese and Brazilian expats down heah, so it's a highish demand sort of thing.)
Poppy Buxom posted at 12:15 PM, May 13, 2008
I figured he'd learn Portuguese for no reason except that it would be even less useful than Italian.
Joke posted at 12:22 PM, May 13, 2008
No, no, no.
He'd take Portuguese because it'd be less difficult than Italian.
teachergirl posted at 10:36 PM, May 13, 2008
Over here, middle school is what you suffer through in a skort (please, don't make me explain)after you've worn a jumper in lower school before you get the gray skirt for upper school.
Joke posted at 8:45 AM, May 14, 2008
That's possibly weirder than our case.
bluemountainsmary posted at 4:48 PM, May 14, 2008
All I know is - you keep writing about NOS because he sounds very similar to mine and it saves me the effort!
Joke posted at 5:17 PM, May 14, 2008
I live to benefit humanity.
kim at allconsuming posted at 10:05 PM, May 14, 2008
Oh I find this all so exciting as it reminds me of my schooling. But the weight of those decisions - music or languages? blah blah blah.
Joke posted at 7:35 AM, May 15, 2008
Oh, but it gets better.
He is also required to do 25 hours of volunteering -- we'll set aside the issue of being required to volunteer -- per school year for grades 6 & 7 and 40 hours per year thereafter AND he is required (along with the rest of his classmates) to spend 4 weeks "in the missions" somewhere in the 3rd World between 11th and 12th grade.
Sort of like a mini-Peace Corps for young Catholics.
Joke posted at 7:37 AM, May 15, 2008
P.S. That missions thing is an organized sort of thing...it's not like he can choose to parachute into Lesotho.
It's pretty much 4 weeks of hauling food, digging irrigation trenches, building houses, etc. at an established Jesuit missionary site.
Tere posted at 9:45 AM, May 15, 2008
Yeah, please don't give him a brand-new fancy car when he turns 16 - resist la comemierderia!!!
And, eu falo um pouco do português e seriu-me bem, so you know, not necessarily a bad choice. Especially if he one day hopes to lure Brazilian girls...
Oh, and nice school choice. My BIL is class of 86 and I have sundry ex-noviecitos who went there.
Joke posted at 12:43 PM, May 15, 2008
Well, it wasn't really a choice, since my grandfather and my dad went there -- back when it was a boarding school! -- and I did too.
And he is NOT getting a gigabuck car. We had a discussion along those lines. More on that in an upcoming entry.