Well, we had two good days of school, so I should have been prepared for school today. Jack was just not in the school frame of mind. I don’t really know how to explain it, I guess that’s just the way he is sometimes. Before school started I saw he didn’t have his glasses on so I had him go get the glasses while I got the cleaning liquid. I reminded him as I cleaned the glasses that I wanted him to keep the cleaning spray in the bathroom. As I’m cleaning the glasses and handing them to Jack I tell him remember, keep this spray in the bathroom so when it’s time to clean your glasses tomorrow you know where it is. As I said that he went to get the cleaning spray from the bathroom even though he had just seen me finish with the spray. I said it again, that tomorrow he would need the spray, and again he went to get it even though he was now wearing the clean glasses. He has so little understanding of time.
His whole school day just followed suit. He guessed at all of the math instead of adding, even after I walked him through adding five or 10 problems. He just didn’t seem to absorb any information, and didn’t seem to remember much of the knowledge that he had yesterday and the day before. I finally paired school down to reading, writing and math and called it a day. I do have to say that one of the first things he did when school started was trace something, and then yell out excitedly, “I troce!!!” like he’d just won the best prize! That boy may not understand time, but he understands excitement!
It’s so hard not to be emotional about his abilities. This is definitely one thing that’s not better with public school and a trained teacher, but is sometimes more effective. I look to the future; I see Jack at 20 years old trying to buy a meal in McDonald’s and think he’ll never understand how much change he needs back. Anyone can gyp him out of all of his money at any time if this continues. But for a teacher who is not his mom they just see another kid that needs to learn math; it looks like he’s not doing so well, oh well. It’s emotional to me because I long-term care about Jack’s future. I know any public school teacher will say they care about his future, but he’s just another kid to them, where is he’s my flesh and blood.
We had nachos for lunch, those are just tasting so good to me these days! I just make cheese nachos, and add some jalapeños on mine. Then I spoon that fresh salsa on top. I also opened a can of black olives and we downed those today.
I can’t tell if I’m sick or if my allergies are just really hitting me, but my throat was scratchy all day. I drank some tea with honey, lemon, apple cider vinegar and cinnamon in it, but that never really seemed to help. Of course, I drank it over a two-hour period and rewarmed it a few times, so who knows if it even had a chance to help! I took a nap after lunch and had Jack nap with me; that was wonderful!
There were several phone calls back and forth between Ted and me and Grandmom and Mom all about the move and the house and whatnot. Someone is coming to see their house tomorrow around 6 pm. I’ve never seen so much junk in the realtor’s photos, but I’m hoping someone can look past that and see a house they would like to buy. Grandmom is adamant she doesn’t want to to me to come up there and help her move that stuff out, but nobody up there is going to do it, so Ted and I will have to.
We had bacon and pancakes with a can of maple syrup from our neighbors tonight; it tasted awesome! This trip has been so wonderful for meeting new people and seeing new things, I’m so grateful we’ve been able to do it as long as we have.
On the way to church we talked to Grandmom a bit; Jack wanted to call her. Jack didn’t ask to go to his class as many times as last week, this week if we’d made the same bet I would’ve won! Church was good; the missionary we had was asked how he knew God called him to Ecuador and he got really choked up talking about that. He said that he was embarrassed to say but he gave in to God instead of surrendering to God. Isn’t that often how it is? He also commented about being happier where God wanted him than where he wanted to be. I’ve reminded myself of that so many times lately, but sometimes it’s good to hear that from other people as well.
Max’s class had a give-away, and I think he was a little disappointed that everyone got Post-It notes so they could start memorizing Scripture. During the welcome time in church Jack’s teacher came up and asked me what to do when he was disobeying; he said that two weeks ago Jack asked to go to the bathroom and then they couldn’t get him out, so they’d asked Max to come and get him out. Max told me about that, but with Ted home I’d forgotten it. I told his teacher that as soon as there was any trouble with Jack to text me and that I would be happy to come get him and I would keep Jack in the service with me. I think that’s the best way to teach Jack that lesson. I think that will mean more to him than anything else since he so desires to go to that class; taking it away from him when he isn’t obeying might be the best thing to do to get him to understand what he needs to do.
I started the next Tana French book tonight to keep up with Ted. I do love these books, but the formula they follow means that so far the people you fall in love with end up doing a really stupid thing and then stop working together. Ugh. But other than that I love her writing and the story line.