I think I am officially better. Yesterday I stuck it out at work all day. I was tired when Ernie picked me up but when he hopefully asked me if I wanted to stop and have a drink I couldn’t say no. The poor man has been cooped up with a sick wife and two boys far too long. So we went to Fries and Peanuts and although we didn’t stay terribly long it did feel awfully good to see some dear friends and be back in the world so to speak.
Owen and I seem to be locked in a battle. He wants to quit band because he decided it’s too much work and his father and I are saying no freaking way. Then a teacher suggested he join AVID which is a program designed to “prepare students for college eligibility and success.” The info also states that it “levels the playing field for minority, low-income, and students in the middle who may be the first in their families to attend college.” Well, none of the above, but whatever. It also would meet when band meets so he would indeed have to quit band. The program does look like it has some things that would be very helpful for Owen but uh…I don’t know. I emailed the teacher and asked why she thought it would be a good fit for Owen and she said she didn’t realize that Owen was in band, that he shouldn’t quit band. Well, easier said than done now that he’s convinced that he should be in this program and it’s very important because it will help him get into college. I asked her if she could follow up with him but she didn’t yesterday. We’ll see how mad Owen is at me when he gets home. He also conveniently forgot his trumpet at school. So I told Ernie he has to make sure Owen has his trumpet when he picks him up. Of course Ernie took that as a criticism of him. Geesh…I was criticizing OWEN. Some nights you just can’t win. Then somehow rice got burned and dinner was late and good God I was glad to finally go to bed.
And in one final random note....the other evening Ernie and I were sitting in the living room and we could here the boys upstairs. Owen was at his desk doing math homework and he was yelling across to Leo asking him some questions about it. Leo got up and went over and I could hear them talking and I thought, "ohhhh....what a nice brotherly moment." Then Leo came half way downstairs, hung over the banister and said to us, "I DON'T know how you guys do it." God I love those boys.