As a kid, I always dreaded this time of year; summer is almost over and that means that it’s time to go back to school. As I grew older, I actually started looking forward to going back to school but I realized that knowledge is power. How could I expect to rule the world if I didn’t have power? Logic would dictate that I must acquire knowledge.
My plans for world domination have since faded and now I’m once again dreading the start of school. Now though it’s not because I want to play baseball and Nintendo all day long with my friends, even though that wold be fun, it’s because I’m just tired of school. I used to joke that I’m on the 10 year plan to get my degree. I’ve been working on it for 9 years now so I guess I switched over to the 20 year plan at some point. If I just had the time to go full-time, I’d be done in a little over a year but with work and family, I have to limit myself. I’ll get there eventually though.
Right now is also the time when we have to go back to school shopping for the kids. In years past, we would look for good deals and typically not spend a lot of money. This year though, we’re buying for both Emma and Alex and we have to buy both of them entirely new wardrobes because they get to wear uniforms to school. The good thing about uniforms is that they’re easy to buy. There are very few options though, especially for the boys, but I guess that’s the point. The problem is that the stores know this so the uniforms don’t go on sale. This means that we get to pay “regular” price for all of the kids new clothing. I HATE paying full price for anything so this really bothers me.
You may be wondering why the kids will be wearing uniforms to school this year since they haven’t in the past. Well, I’ll tell you. When we first moved into our home in Syracuse, we noticed that a lot of the kids in the neighborhood went to the nearby charter school. Holly did some research and found out that it was a really good school with an emphasis on the Arts. Since we see the benefit of learning about things like music, and since so many of our public schools focus more on other things, like everything else, Holly immediately began the process of trying to get Emma accepted into the school. Three years, and three applications later, both Emma and Alex were accepted into the school. Everyone but Emma is excited for the change. We’ll have to see if her attitude changes in the coming weeks.