As it turns out, I am not one to choose the easy route. One of my (many) concerns in moving to a vastly more populated area was the intrinsic pitfalls of an extremely over-crowded suburban school. I couldn't imagine my children there.
They have not grown up with the latest trends and accessories---bullies didn't walk the halls of their small rural school, nor our homeschooling table and the hippie-like school they attended before that. They believe in myths and fairies, possibly dragons, and definitely the tooth fairy and Santa Claus. They probably are a bit naive and immature for their age but I prefer that right now.
I know I'm protective, perhaps overly so, and I know there are far too many evils out there in the real world. Evils and obstacles they will encounter someday; but not yet. I'm not ready for them to encounter those things now----not while they're in the midst of their own difficult family transitions. Nor are they ready to be apart from each other yet.
So, as luck would have it (and multiple addresses), they fall within a school district with the absolute perfect school---at least in my book. Small (only 24 students in the entire school of K-8), artsy, technologically savvy, with vastly blended ages in two classrooms guided by two friendly teachers with their teacher's assistants. It's as if in the midst of this storm a little rainbow emerged in the form of this school.
The caveat? It's a drive for both my husband and I. It's a 35 minute drive in good weather and probably a hairy-scary one in those three+ months of bad winter weather here. And it limits my employment opportunities, too.
When contemplating it all, I pulled out my metaphorical counterweight life scale and weighed it all: Income & employment opportunities for myself v. wonderful, positive school & opportunities for my children. Need I say that I chose the school? At least for now.
And I guess I'm hoping that it all will fall into place.
So, who knows, maybe there is a pot of gold at the end of that little rainbow within the storm clouds?
And I must share that I actually saw this freak of nature today!!! Upon driving down from the lake, we encountered a thunderstorm---the sky deep blue and ominous. But within that blue was a little swath of light, and within that light was the brightest smidgen of a rainbow! A rainbow within a storm! Alas, I didn't have my camera...