Here's what we like about having Lucy in school: she's busy all day without making us play hide and seek 50 times, she falls asleep promptly at bedtime because she is so busy all day, and she is really close to being able to do all our math so we can stop counting on fingers and toes to figure out the tip at dinner.
Here's what we don't like about having Lucy in school: it's putting a huge crimp in our social style.
We used to stay out late with the kids whenever we felt like it. They were good and it didn't matter when they woke up in the morning. Now we have to be out the door at 8 and oh it is not pretty when we have to wake Lucy up. She is not, shall we say, a morning person.
And we can't do those "let's go to Maine for the weekend" trips because she would miss school and we would be bad parents. Also, if she misses school she will not learn percentages as quickly and we will have to do our own math a little longer.
Obviously, home schooling is not an option. We met some people at a wedding once who took their child out of school for a year and home schooled while they traveled all over the world. Tempting, but we'd have to hire someone to do the schooling part. It is hard to fathom how we can be so smart and yet so dumb.
Fortunately, there's an answer to this and it rhymes with Emergency School Closure.
Lucy's school will be closed for a couple days and if you were wondering what that sound of squealing tires was, it was our car heading north. The nice thing about living in a shoe with a heap of other people (besides always having someone around to help with hard to reach buttons) is that you don't have to line up someone to pick up the 85 Lands End catalogs that come while you're away.
Don't worry, I'll keep you posted with what a lovely time we're having. What other reason is there to vacation?
Besides, I can hardly wait to tell you where we're going.