I officially love school! Not sure about the kids, but I do. Ok, they did, too. Lia was more enthusiastic as she’s been today’s star at school, everyone mentioning she’s the new student and all. She’s already made friends, which was her number one worry for today. 😀 Rares, upset that he’d lost his hat, but so impressed that he has drama classes, and actually so am I. And happy about it. What they do is they watch a movie for three drama classes in a row and then discuss it or something, we’ll find out at some point. But the point is it doesn’t even matter what they do, because no matter what it is, it’s so wow! Drama classes, in the school official schedule, say that again and pinch me. Ok, I might be more impressed than him, but hey, can you blame me? Wouldn’t you have liked that, ey? What I’d give to be a kid in school here right now.
Ok so first day of school went well, as I thought it would. They took everything easy and one step at a time and on a stress – free basis. We sent them to school with one notebook and a pen, we’ll buy them some pencil cases because they want to, but other than that, schools provide all school supplies, when and if needed.
Among the highlights of teaching, Rares ‘ home teacher (not ‘head teacher’ as we used to know the term, but ‘home teacher’, which makes it all so much warmer and human) is a French language teacher. His drama teacher said she knows it’s tough on a first day, so she asked the other kids in class to introduce themselves to Rares, too, not just the other way around. Lia’s teacher is extremely nice and caring and introduced her in the morning to everyone in the class. She specifically told Lia when I went to pick her up that ‘all questions are good’. Meaning, you know, if she has a question, go ahead and ask your teacher. But it’s the way she said it. ‘All questions are good’. Not that ‘there are no stupid or bad questions’, not the classical ‘anything you don’t understand, ask.’ There was no ‘No’ in her sentence. This is art. ‘All questions are good’ means exactly that and it’s encouraging and reassuring and makes you, even as an adult, want to ask the next good question. This is art!
Ok, I could probably write volumes on this topic, so stopping here.
While kids were at school, we, as responsible parents, went house hunting today, in Toronto, which meant a one our trip there by bus, then half hour by subway and then a nice 7 km walk building to building again. What we found out is the market is even tougher and more expensive there, so here we are, settling for the Mississauga flat we found. We also kind of agreed our physical condition is quite good, so why even bother thinking of buying a car? No, I’m joking, that’s the next thing on the list in the next few weeks.
The thing is right now I’m so getting used to taking things one step at a time (sometimes literally), that I can’t think about steps that are too far ahead.
I’m just happy kids were happy today.
It’s one of the reasons we’re here for and I knew they’d like it, I just didn’t have all the info about why they’d like it. I suspected why, but when things get to be concrete and you realize your dream somehow matches reality, that’s when you get tears of happiness. It’s milliseconds of that kind of tears that make it all worthwhile!
Before school today, plane – spotting. 👍
And our little view of Toronto, some pics I managed to take on the bus on the way back home.
CN Tower (and the clouds).
These buildings looked very impressive from the bus. 😀
And, saved the best for last, zoom in and see why I took this one below (hint: has to do with tailoring). 😉
I have to say, the electricity pillars and cables are my least favourite scenery here and they’re haunting me already. Don’t like them at all. Plus, they ruin my photos.
PS: electricity here is called ‘hydro’. It’s like we call all photocopies ‘xerox’ even when made on a non Xerox machine. Why hydro? That’s the official name of the electric company, Toronto Hydro. So there, now you know, because I didn’t and thanked good old Google for the explanation.
Happy happiness day, by the way, found out about it at school today. And I felt this way 😀.