Posts Tagged ‘backpack’

High School…. AAAAACKKKKK!

August 25, 2008

The last time Larisa put on a backpack and went to a classroom was the year 2000.  <sigh>  She has asked for a backpack several times over the past eight years since her last backpack…. the hot pink plastic number with a glittery headshot of Barbie showcased on the front.  We just laughed and said, “What for?  To take your books from your bedroom to the kitchen?”  One of the only financial savings of homeschooling.  Finally this summer she was traveling and actually needed a real live backpack (you couldn’t find Barbie???) and her father succumbed.  Whew.  We held out for eight long years.

Don’t go thinking we sent her to the lair of a public high school straight from the homeschool nest.  Nada.  She is taking a single class at a co-op of homeschoolers.  The class, Biology, comes with a lab (needed for the transcript), a real emergency room doctor teaching it, a Christ-filled textbook, and a field trip to California to study marine biology in May.  Another perk of homeschooling…. REAL field trips.  It’s not going to be a cake-walk, however.  Her first assignment was emailed to her early August with required reading and vocabulary words to know for TODAY, the first day with a TEST!  (and the homeschool mother throws her head back, holds her belly and laughs with hilarity that someone else is requiring work out of her child.)  Every homeschool mom understands.

Larisa strategically picked Biology because it was right before lunch….. SOCIALIZATION!  Ahhhhhhhh, the dream of every homeschool child.  We even got her a lunch card for the cafe.  Her first lunch card. <sigh>  Will she buy nutritional morsels?  Nada.  My guess is slushies and Cheetos.  I’m realizing just how nerdy I was way back in the day….. I remember being elated that the vending machine at school had beef barley soup!  Oh, make me drool.

My first nearly empty nest moment… if only for 2.5 hours.  Never fear, there’s still two pajama clad boys running around here asking for Swedish pancakes.  Not all is lost.