Thursday, August 19, 2004

Back-to-school blues

We're at two weeks and counting down to the first day of school, and my daughter's in full whine. She's not as flat-out panicked about starting seventh grade as she was about starting sixth -- she has a year of middle school under her belt, and at least has an idea now of what it's going to be like. But this year she'll have to be changing classrooms after each class, and classes up and downstairs, and band for homeroom, and all manner of uncertainties. And so she doesn't waaaaaaaant to go back to school. She haaaaaaaates school. It's all very sad and pitable, and almost enough to make me forget how badly she whined back in June when school was coming to an end, and she didn't waaaaaaaant to leave school and all her friends, and she haaaaaated summer. What she loves, of course, is routine, and what she hates is any change of track. Give her a couple of weeks to get her wheels planted back on the academic rails, and she'll start complaining about leaving school for the weekend.

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