Summer ends tomorrow, as the boy returns to school and my schedule changes not at all. It’s going to be a weird couple of weeks, as all the other kids from his class (all of whom, as you may recall, are older than him) are moving on to kindergarten and he’s remaining in preschool. I remain firmly convinced that having my 11-year-old taking math with 13-year olds, as would have inevitably occurred down the road had we not done this, would have been a bad idea, but for right now we need to make sure that he understands that the reason he isn’t in kindergarten with his friends is not because he’s dumb. He hasn’t said anything like that to us yet, but he apparently made a comment to my mom along those lines a couple of weeks ago.
Managing to have a baby right at the beginning of school is one of the more spectacular examples of poor timing during my life, by the way.
Meanwhile: the water feature we had to build in our basement the other day has proven to be merely a massive inconvenience and not actually anything one might use the word “disaster” to describe, and certainly not anything that affects us financially. The basement is currently dry and our sump pump made it through the night without exploding. Not everyone was so lucky; the picture above is the parking lot of a local grocery store (note the car in the middle distance) and the store is pretty much completely destroyed, as is a nearby day care that is the south-side version of the one my son’s been attending. We got lucky. Lots of other people didn’t. Turns out that getting two inches more rain in a day than the area has ever measured before is bad, guys.
So, yeah. School tomorrow. I plan to get my review of Stranger Things written, and maybe I’ll break tradition and actually work on Tales from the Benevolence Archives instead of just talking about it. We’ll see.