When I went to pick up Brex yesterday, she wasn't talking to me. I couldn't tell if there was just a lot going on with the other Moms and kids as she kept turning to one of them to talk. I watched the kids and joined in the general conversation, but after a while I jokingly asked, "Are you not talking to me now?"
She sighed, "I guess I will. I can't believe you're going to take him away from us! He better get that helmet off before he goes so we can love on him." I assured her he would and then explained the situation to the other Moms.
It is a tough decision, but it feels like the right one.
On a different topic, this weekend we did a double date with Two Mommies from daycare. They brought their little boy over and we had Baby Whisperer from daycare take care of them while we went to see The Hunger Games. I was the only one who'd read the book. When the credits were rolling, Ops Mom said, "Is the book this tense?" I laughed, "It's worse because it's all so mental and you're in their heads."
On the way back to the house, we stopped at a local market and each couple bought a dinner for two. Then we came back and ate dinner while the boys slept upstairs. They are a fun couple. At one point Ops Mom asked, "OTRgirl, is your husband always this quiet?" I laughed and said, "Definitely. In a group setting he is usually quiet and then we leave and he has all these insights and I'm like, 'why didn't you SAY that?'." Jrex also laughed and was ready to answer questions when Ops Mom asked him about his work.
We found out from Ops Mom that there's a PUBLIC Montessori elementary/middle school in our neighborhood. It's one of the top ranked schools in the state. Having gone to a public Montessori myself, I'm ecstatic! I believe deeply in it as a way to allow school to remain fun, engaging, non-boring and self-directed, especially for smart kids. She said it's a bit of a lottery to get in, but given Brex's Asian heritage, we'd likely be guaranteed a spot in the name of diversity. It looks like they have mostly Black and Hispanic kids with 12% Caucasian and 2% Asian. It's pretty cool that we now have two wonderful elementary/middle school options. His neighborhood school has a bilingual immersion program that's supposed to be amazing, and now a public Montessori. My parents made the leap to move to the inner city and trust that God would provide educational options for their kids. Two years before I started elementary school, a public Montessori was founded, so He came through in the nick of time! We also took a leap into this neighborhood not knowing if the schools were very good. (Do I sound excited? Just a bit...)