Please watch this commercial. Did you know that the comments on YouTube originally were disabled? This is apparently because people were commenting, not in a good way, about the interracial couple in the commercial. Let me say – I didn’t even notice the couple was interracial. I have seen this commercial several times in the last few days, and I thought it was the sweetest thing, laughing out loud at the end. Why is there so much hate out there, even in today’s world? I just don’t get it.
Today is the end of a great era in my life. My oldest child started kindergarten in 1998 and my youngest finished elementary school today, which means I spent 16 years as a parent of an elementary age child. You might think my youngest child graduating from elementary school would mean the end of an era in my children’s lives, but no, it’s not that exactly. Yes, each time my kids left their 6 years of elementary school and went on to middle school, there was a huge adjustment – bigger school, more classes, more homework, more mean kids, puberty (!), bat and bar mitzvah…but kids are resilient. They make new friends, grow, learn, adjust, and they are ready for high school when the time comes. For me, on the other hand, it is a different change. Moms make their friends when kids are in preschool: on the playground and at story time at the library and in mommy and me groups. When the kids are in elementary school, we are on PTA boards, volunteering at book fairs, spaghetti dinners, and in the classroom, and we have a core group of moms (and some dads) that are right there with us for years at a time.
And now, it changes. Where I grew up, there was 1 high school. So, if a parent is volunteering starting in kindergarten, the parents are a constant all the way through the senior year of high school. In my community, the kids from our elementary school go to 7 different middle schools and then transition to 5 high schools. The mixing up of the student population is crazy, and you never know if you will meet up with the parents you knew and volunteered with in elementary school. That’s how I feel…I will miss those parents who I got to see all the time who now are going on to a different school and maybe we will never meet up again. Maybe we will see each other on Facebook and maybe our kids will end up in the same high school after our 3-year hiatus at middle school. It’s exciting and sad at the same time.
What will I do in 7 years, when my son graduates from high school? Only 7 years. How time flies. Good thing I get along with my husband 😉
Monday is the 24th anniversary of Gilda Radner’s death from ovarian cancer. I am a huge fan of SNL, but I am also a cancer survivor and I have friends going through cancer right now. The following, written by Bill Murray, really touched me.
So many changes – no more elementary school, uncertainty about where my volunteer time should go, starting a new chapter in my life in both work and socially. I guess I am both excited and sad about it.
I just finished reading some reviews on Barnes and Noble’s website for The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I love Green’s work. It’s young adult fiction, but he is so clever and nerdy and has such a dry wit that he makes me laugh out loud. What has annoyed me so much about the negative reviews on the website are the comments that the book is 1) unrealistic and 2) teens don’t talk that way. Well, the book is fiction! If things in the 16-year-old cancer world are not EXACTLY the way depicted in the book, so what? And let me tell you, plenty of teenagers DO talk like Gus and Hazel, and they obsess over authors and movies and TV shows and tumblr and anime and sports and boyfriends/girlfriends or whatever. Teens are intense. This book has gotten well-deserved accolades this year. Enjoy this book for what it is – well-written and thought-provoking teen fiction.