Monday, September 29, 2008

This and That...

School has been in session for almost a month now and my kids are settled into their routines in the manner I expected.

The twelve year old,  a voracious reader with art house taste in music, movies and many things ever since he could talk, has to be threatened daily with a book burning to rival the great Chicago fire to get him to concentrate on his homework.  His copy of the latest Christopher Paolini book arrived Friday, but I'm holding it hostage in lieu of some Science fair homework.   We won't get started on my hatred of Science Fair projects which seem to be more for me than for him.  Could we teach the students some science before we force them to come up with a concept on their own and then burn down, chop down, or otherwise make their homes uninhabitable with their efforts at experiments?  I'll save the balance of that rant for another day.

His younger brother, the Spongebob Squarepants aficianado, comes home from school and knocks his homework right out so that he can get down to the serious business of watching Patrick emerge from under his rock house for the umpteenth time or listening to Squidward insult his two hapless neighbors.    It drives my husband crazy that the 'spare' doesn't seem to have the same burning passion for reading that the 'heir' does.  But I've told him to give him time.  He'll get around to what moves him soon enough and I'm in no hurry for him to grow old.     He's also a purposeful sort, always has been, so I'm sure that once his priority shifts to reading serious literature, he'll make it known to one and all.

In the meantime, I'm just glad that at least twice a week, for six glorious hours, I have the house to myself to read, write, attack or ignore the housewifery or to do whatever captures my imagination.  It heightens my anticipation of seeing my loved ones when they do finally emerge from wherever they've been all day, be it school or work.    I'm always glad to see them.


Marilyn Brant said...

LOL about the science fair projects! Gosh, that rings so true... "Here, do this major project and, oh, have your parents teach you everything you need to know about the properties of matter, the laws of thermodynamics and quantum physics first, okay?"

Grrr. Hope you got some reading and writing downtime this week :). And, btw, LOVE the pretty blog redesign!

Pamala Knight said...

Marilyn my sweet! I can always count on you to pop by and clear out the cobwebs on this here site, lol.

Yes, I'm a hater when it comes to Science Fair projects (you'd never know that I placed first in my own Science Fair, um a few years ago *cough*) because they start right away! Teach them something first, and then encourage them to burn down my house!!!!

And I keep tinkering with the site, but I landed on this design because it soothed my savage soul the other night. I'm glad you like it.