Curriculum Days

I love it when Beth has a curriculum day, I really do. The only problem with them is that Beth enjoys being at home so much that she ALWAYS tries to say that she’s sick when it’s time to go back to school. Yesterday she had a curriculum day. I organised Bridie to have a trial at the local school as we are thinking of sending her there next year when Bill starts high school. Much as I love the school that they’ve all been to (10 years this year we’ve been going) my head tells me that it makes sense for Bridie to move. If nothing else it cuts down a lot of driving. It would also mean she would transition to high school with other kids that will go with her. Bill only has one other child in his class who is going to our high school and he’s devastated to be leaving his friends. Anyway, I organised a transition day for yesterday because I had Beth home anyway so didn’t have to organise a lift for her and could take Bridie up myself. Beth popped in to Grandma and Grandpas for a little while (who live next door for those readers who don’t know this) as it was pouring with rain, and I walked up with Bridie. Afterwards Beth and I spent the day at home, having a quick bakery break for donuts and apple cakes. She had a lovely day. Every once in a while I could hear a sniff and a little cough and I thought ‘terrific, here we go.’

This morning comes along and I went in to get Beth up. There she is rugged up in her doona (that’s a duvet for my overseas friends), sniffing away. Crying at me because I didn’t believe she was sick. “Why wont you believe me, you never believe me, I promise I’m not lying.” Maybe because last week she did the same thing when I was going to my friend Eloises. She desperately wanted to go with me, saying she was sick all the way to school. I even got a call from the middle school coordinator saying Beth was in sickbay and asked to call me. I said I would come if they really thought there was something wrong but that I didn’t think there was. Deb agreed with me. At the end of the day Beth even admitted she lied. It’s very hard though because she is very good at faking it. The only thing she hasn’t done is made herself vomit. She will put her hands around her neck so that her voice sounds hoarse, she will sit on the toilet telling me she has the runs. She will talk in that stupid voice that men get when they have man flu. Or a sore finger. And, as is always the way, she lost priveledges to the ipad for the morning and for pickup in the afternoon. She just doesn’t give up. Ever!

We went out for a family day a week and a half ago. I wont say where to or who it was with for privacy reasons but I will tell you we ran into a friend who Beth hasn’t seen for a couple of years. Last time we saw her was at her house and when we left the kids all wanted to know why she lived with another woman. They knew what homosexuality was so I explained this to them and all was well. Obviously Beth has held onto this in her mind. So we are walking along at this function and we see our friends and go to sit down at the table with them. And Beth sees this friend and points at her and says in a very loud voice “So, is it true that you’re a lesbian?!” Luckily my friend saw the funny side of it!

I’ll leave you with another Beth funny. Beth has decided that she will announce each and every movie that is on. Not just the ones she watches either. The other night she did one : “Good evening and welcome to Saturday night at the movies. For your viewing pleasure tonight will be the Stephen Spielberg movie Gremlins. Please sit down and make yourselves comfortable.” Another one she does (I’m not sure why as she does it all the time) is for Lethal Weapon. She’ll say the whole ‘Good evening’ spiel then say “tonight’s movie starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover – Lethal Weapon.” I must get her on tape one time, she’s so funny!

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