Veterans of domestic wars
The gifted task force continues to grow. We have nearly 40 families on our list now, which represents, I think, somewhere between 1/3 and 1/2 of the kids in the program, which is kind of amazing. We held our first meeting this morning and 12 of us worked for over 2 hours to hammer out our presentation and a list of other things we want to do. There is not a complainer in the bunch. Lots of good, level-headed evaluation and interesting ideas.
Near the end of our meeting, which took place in a coffee shop/restaurant meeting room with a glass door, a man knocked on the door and came in. I’d noticed him earlier. He was tall and thin with a mop of gray hair and had been sitting at a table near the door working on his laptop. We had the door open for a while and he must have heard what we were doing, because he came in to wish us luck and to tell us we were doing a great thing. He said he’d been involved in the same thing years ago when his kids were young.
“Make sure you hold them accountable.”
This is a piece of advice I’ve been hearing from a number of places and I’m not entirely sure I know what it means. How do I hold the school board accountable? I will ask them to name names and announce timetables, but I’m not entirely sure how to hold them accountable when the state supports nothing.
But the man’s appearance gave us a lift. The group already has a positive attitude about a very bad situation, but that helped us a little bit more.
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Meanwhile, AJ has a four day weekend and we have big plans, including a couple of AJ basketball games, a birthday party for one of my nieces, and some work time on AJ’s science fair project and his Pinewood Derby car. We are hoping to stage a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry tomorrow and to visit a friend nearby. Monday night he has been invited to a slumber party and Mr. Spy and I have a night to ourselves. So, internet, what should we do?