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Brooklyn pictures

Come up and see my etchings-- I mean ramekins... Cleaned my kitchen today, got rid of a lot of broken and dubious implements. I always imagine Tom Kyd thinking my spatulas and whisks are for torture etc...Anyway, things are much cleaner now.

I also have some pictures behind the cut of Brooklyn. This picture ought to link to them.  I had to go out yesterday for daughters parent-teacher conference. (Very stressful. Teachers are kind, but it seems  to just put me on edge. Also the teachers could be my kids, they are that young. They are so earnest, IDK, it is hard.) Daughter's grades, as usual are split between the 90's and the 50's. They are still counting attendance and conduct toward the academic grade. This makes me frustrated. It means that, at a time when her grades are the most critical, they depend on if she and teacher get along well.

Anyway, sorry to whine. In brief-- the work is no challenge for her. She has a bad grade in English, because it is the first class of the day, and she is often late. She is doing very well indeed in chemistry and geometry. ("It is easy mom, It is just lines and angles.")  And there is some argument to be made that putting up with a system that is stupid is going to prepare her for life.


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Oct. 25th, 2013 09:36 pm (UTC)
Don't stress too much over the grades. I did similar. Always had good grades in classes where I liked the teacher. Great in any class that had lots of reading. Not so great in most science classes, esp. the ones with male teachers ("put this in here. Add this. Write down what you see." What is the POINT of this??) I still got into college, got my degree and have a good life.
Oct. 25th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
I try not to stress. She is much more able to cope than I was at her age. I was not at all prepared, or supported by family. I was too disorganized to stay in college and get my BA.

I wish I had. Also family refused to pay for me to study English or History. Some kids would have struck out on their own and managed it. I should have found a way, perhaps, but did not.

Daughter will be fine. But the whole thing makes me nervous.
Oct. 26th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
I must admit, I only stayed in college one year, then married and raised four kids. At the point where the first two were in college, I went back to school nights. I made out well; my college gave me "life credits" for volunteer work I'd done,skills I'd developed (sewing many items of clothing, including my daughter's prom gown), etc. I did two years of night courses and got my degree and teaching certificate at the same ceremony where the second oldest got hers!! So it's not too late for you!
Oct. 26th, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
Husband is doing the night school thing now. Him going first makes sense. It will improve us most that way. I can learn anything I want online. Maybe someday I will get the paper, in the meantime I am fine this way.

But he and I both feel we took the hard road. So much easier to learn it all the first time it was offered, (with free food and a roof, and parents paying.) But we were not ready then. And I am just as glad I did not spend four or 6 years learning something I did not like, just because they would not sign off on what I really wanted.
Oct. 26th, 2013 01:39 am (UTC)
What you say makes a lot of sense. Hubby was half way through with college when we met. He was at Northeastern, which had a 5 yr. plan. You went to school a semester, then worked a semester (college helped you get jobs through former grads). His Dad would pay for the school semester, then get paid back during the work semester. He graduated in June and we married in Sept.
Oct. 26th, 2013 03:10 am (UTC)
Northeastern is the school husband and I flunked out of!! (We did find each other though, so that was a really good thing.) I got mono in my first year, and was totally a mess. My dad had died the year before, and well it was pretty horrible.

The funny thing is, after 20 years int the Navy, he is right back to studying the classes he had back then. And I am still learning the same things I wanted all along too-- history and English. We have not changed so much, we just sort of grew up.
Oct. 26th, 2013 02:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, I did not appreciate the chance I had at 20, but valued it all the more when I went back! By then I knew more clearly what I wanted and worked a lot harder to get it!!

"Youth is wasted on the young" was an expression my Grammy used sometimes!!

Finding each other was huge for us, too. We celebrate our 50th. next Fall!!
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