If we were having coffee, I’d…
I actually just got back from brunch with one of my oldest friends and her husband. They’re in town about once a year, when they come in for a home Notre Dame game, and we tend to meet up for breakfast just north of campus. What did we talk about? The last three weeks, mostly, and doctors, and my job. Shared some parenting stories; their daughter is a year and a half or so older than my son, and they have a 2 1/2 year old son too.
Problem is, I’m kinda tired of talking about the first 2/3 of those topics, because they’ve been consuming my life lately. I made it through breakfast without mentioning a certain book I have coming out, too, and I feel like that’s a victory. So it’s the parenting stuff.
Ooh! I never mentioned this: we had our first parent-teacher conference as parents this week, which was kind of fun. I’ve been on the other side of the table more times than I can count as an educator, but I’ve never before been the parent in that scenario. The fun thing was figuring out that the teachers were a little gun-shy, almost as if after several years of working together at my son’s rather ridiculously expensive private school they were used to parents not really wanting to listen to criticism of their special snowflakes.
I love my son rather a lot, and he is a lot of things, but he is emphatically not a special snowflake, and he’s also not perfect. My kid’s four. He’s gonna screw up and do dumb stuff at four. Their job is to let me know about it and my job is to fix it, not argue with them. This is definitely one place where me being on the other side of the table is going to help. He’d had some sort of stupid little personality conflict with another kid in his classroom this week, which required a bit of investigation on my wife’s and my part and a few clarifications from the other kid too. I don’t know how the other parents reacted to it, but the teachers seemed to think we were gonna dig in our heels on the whole thing.
Once I get past that, though, I’m not sure how much I’ve got left. I’m looking forward to spending this week and next working on some short stories before I get back to the Skylights sequel in November. I’m hoping to have the first draft of that done by the end of the year, but you all know how slow I write. Not super likely.
Anyway. How’re you? Read any good books lately?