This is Mark's last week of school, and the last week at Carolina School for Inquiry. It has been a good ride, for the most part. Mark has gotten a wonderful education. He has grown up with some great friends who he hopes to keep in touch with when school is out. He is sad to leave his friends, but I think he's excited. Who knows what will come?
Next year he will be attending a virtual public charter school. I'm hoping this is a good thing with project based challenging learning & the opportunity to meet with other kids and teachers on field studies and other things. With our legislature cutting school funding to as close to nothing as is legally possible, we have had to make tough choices. First, he is zoned to a middle school that has terrible test scores. The honors summer reading book for 6th grade last year was Charlotte's Web. Add to that the budget cuts which have led to widespread teacher lay-offs and new rules which allow "unlimited" number of children in a class, and I can't really see sending my baby there. He will have to be responsible and get the work done every day. There are still attendance requirements and of course, he has to complete his assignments. I think he'll be with me at work. Thankfully, I am in a flexible work environment. I don't know how much togetherness Mark and I can stand, though...
I took the first part of the enrolled agent's exam last week and passed. I'm glad to have that out of the way. I was sweating it. It's so obvious to me what I don't know, I can't always see what I do know. So here we are, part one down... two parts to go. I'm waiting for a part two study guide in the mail. That's the hardest part... business and stuff. Part three is ethics. I'm glad to say I don't have too much trouble with that.
I don't know what we're doing this summer. We won't get our week at the beach, darn it, because of scheduling conflicts. In fact, that week is now and Mark is in school. Bob and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary if we make it until August 17, and we both turn 50 this summer. I'm thinking about a "hundredth" birthday party for both of us. I'm not sure we know that many people who we want to see, though.
Tut tut, it looks like rain. I guess that means I should try to get a little more work done. Don't ask me why, it just does.