Monday, November 15, 2004
India Is Far Away
My son is studying Asia and UNESCO World Heritage sites at school this year. He is in CE 1, the equivalent of second grade. At the beginning of the year the teacher told us he'd go on a few short field trips. Today was his first field trip/sortie to an art place in the 12th. He was going to study Indian Dance and Chinese Calligraphy. All this past week he's been saying, "I'm going to L'Inde next week." I didn't pay much attention to it until this morning. He really thought he was taking a trip to India. He couldn't understand why we weren't more excited and why he didn't need an overnight bag for the trip. After all, it is far away. I finally took out a map and explained that indeed India is far away -- too far away for a class trip. After school he told me it was still a very long bus trip to get to where he was going today. Yeah right.
My daughter had a lunch date today with her two friends. She complained this morning to my husband that she didn't want to go and we were worried she was going to have another screaming fit going into the classroom today. But once we walked into the school hallway she was silent about the lunch. When I picked her up after school she said she had a great time and confessed she'd told her father she didn't want to go, but "I was just kidding." Kids always want to keep you on your toes.
A bit of a concern.... I've been enjoying this lunch thing where Natalie invites two friends over and then they invite each other over in the next two weeks. However, the mother today decided three was not enough and invited two more friends -- boys at that! The mother for next week said she wanted to invite five friends over for lunch. Ugh! She also told me what she's planning to serve next week ... green beans, pasta, veal scallops, apples, yoghurt and chocolate mousse for dessert. I'm starting to get nervous because the bar keeps getting raised. I'm waiting for someone to hand out parting gifts...
-- said Auntie M in Paris
I just think some people have too much time and too much money on their hands.
# posted by Anonymous : 9:43 AM
# posted by DC-Giant : 2:46 PM
As for the lunch business, pathetic what some parents do when they're bored. It's too true that parents get carried away with their own self-image. Kids just want something yummy, easy and fast to eat. If your kid is being a prat and asks for the caviar, you know it's sad. Next time you should offer them grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. (of course homemade with real cheese on egg bread, canned Campbell's tomato soup)
# posted by NARDAC : 2:58 PM
My children go to a bi-lingual school that is private but gets money from the government so it is a French school, abiding by all French laws and rules. The people that attend my school vary in background, but I assure you, mothers with kids at some of the truly private schools have much larger wallets. I really never saw this lunch escalation coming.
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 7:54 PM
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# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 8:16 AM