Posted by Joke at 9:52 AM
Poppy Buxom posted at 12:05 PM, June 21, 2008
I don't mean to chuck a spanner into the works, but just so you know, we received an invitation to Sophie DuB's annual bring your own lobstah party for the evening of July 12, and I'm planning on asking her whether I can bring you.
So you will now be able to follow a day of sailing on Lake Michigan (with a gourmet lunch and all the Mai Tais you can drink) with a dinner party redolent with Chicago's version of Long Island lockjaw. I can safely predict you will spot least two pairs of trousers embroidered with nautical and/or seafood motifs. Also much Lilly. And madras.
For sociological study alone, should prove mighty tempting.
Badger posted at 3:35 PM, June 21, 2008
I'm so glad I send my kids to public school, with all the lowered expectations that entails. (Summer reading? AS IF.)
bluemountainsmary posted at 6:32 PM, June 21, 2008
You see - my idea of the perfect summer holiday is to do pretty much nothing at all. The odd trip to the beach. A lot of lazing around. Christmas of course.
Poppy Buxom posted at 7:13 PM, June 21, 2008
Badger, we send our kids to public school, and they have summer reading.
But it's in ENGLISH.
(Also, they don't always do it.)
Frogdancer posted at 8:58 PM, June 21, 2008
I teach and send my kids to a public school, and the year 11s and 12s have holiday homework. It's a beautiful thing... except when we have to read them and mark them.
Joke. No. Hell is hearing the alarm go off at 2.29, getting up and taking your son to school by 3.30am for his school camp. It was pouring with rain. It's winter here so the air had an antarctic chill. Why do we do these things? Is a week's break from my loud son ample repayment for this?
Stomper Girl posted at 9:52 PM, June 21, 2008
Golf camp?!?!?!?! Bloody hell.
kim at allconsuming posted at 5:03 AM, June 22, 2008
Three words to any teenager that means they are indeed in hell... summer reading list.
Holy Moly. That's a reading list and a half.
Badger posted at 10:12 AM, June 22, 2008
Correction: I'm so glad I send my kids to public school IN TEXAS, with all the MUCH lowered expectations that entails.
Joke posted at 10:37 AM, June 22, 2008
That is wildly tempting. I would bring a Florida lobstah, just to be pedantic.
(the rest of you might be amused to know that once, after TSMPM's 40the birthday party, TFBIM asked Poppy when Sophie was due to give birth...Poppy's answer was something along the lines of "three years ago.")
It was explicitly stated in the paper which contained the reading list that woe betide whomever arrived at School Day One having not completed the summer reading list. When they say Jesuit boot camp, they're not kidding. (Unofficial motto: "Our students learn because they are petrified not to.")
Mine too. Alas, I have offsprung people with divergent ideas.
These are (sadly) day camps. So the decant-and-fetch takes place daily.
Yeah. The kid likes golf. There's also lots of willowy blonde girls at golf camp, hmm...
My beloved agreed with you. she was ready to bawl out the people responsible, until I managed to persuade her she stood a better chance of having God repeal the law of gravity.
Thus endeth the lesson.
MsCellania posted at 1:20 PM, June 23, 2008
Well, Idle Hands Are The Devil's Workshop - I'm living proof of that having never been to a summer camp and being left to my own devices in my youth.
So, our sons are firmly entrenched in summer camps of all sorts. Luckily, youngest, being a very SPECIAL special ed type of guy, qualified for English Language Learners 6 week summer camp. Cry hot tears of envy; the school bus fetches and decants daily - at the cul de sac. If I told you where my young scamp was going for a field trip today, you would beat your breast in envious rage. Okay, I'll tell ya; it's here:
Click on today's date and you'll see the children's concert.
And yes, the big yellow bus is doing the driving.
And Holey Smokes on the reading list! What's he going to read next year? Calvino in Italian?!
Joke posted at 1:45 PM, June 23, 2008
That's an excellent notion...I ought sleuth around and see what next summer's reading list looks like. (I suspect it doesn't get any easier.)
Caro posted at 8:46 PM, June 24, 2008
I'm keeping mine busy too.
When the natives get restless, it's not pretty around here.
Tere posted at 10:36 PM, June 24, 2008
UGH - that reading list reminds me of my good old days at CEA.... *shudder*
Joke posted at 8:43 AM, June 25, 2008
Maybe instilling fear and dread is part of the thing of it...