The Kids are December babies. If they had not been born 2.5 months premature, their birthday would be in February.
Why is this important?
Based on their actual age, they were eligible to attend full-time school (in Ontario) this past September.
We didn’t send them.
One reason is their prematurity and the other is due to the fact that we travel four months of the school year. Canadian schools won’t allow this disruption to their schooling.
Mexico is not Canada.
Last winter, each day, around 11:30am we would pass by “the school with the seven dwarfs outside” and watch the students do gym in the front room.
The Kids wanted to go desperately.
Unfortunately, they needed to be three years old (they were) AND toilet trained (they weren’t).
This year, they met both requirements and told us they wanted to go. Ed and I were receptive to the idea because we really want them to know the local culture as well as learn to speak Spanish. They understand Spanish almost as well as English.
On Monday, January 6, after surviving two long weeks of anticipation (due to the holidays), Ed and I showed up at the school at 8:30am sharp.
Except school wasn’t open.
The next day, we figured we had nothing to lose so we came with positive (and adorable) reinforcements… The Kids. They were so excited and couldn’t stop telling us about all the things they were going to do.
Unfortunately, the school was full.
But, it is Mexico. And, The Kids would only be going for three months and maybe I could help some of the teachers with their English. Did I mention that it was Mexico…
The Director took our cell phone number and said that she would speak with her staff members regarding class sizes and get back to us in the afternoon.
In fact, we waited right until 8am on Wednesday morning.
Other people would have gotten the message. But, we’re stubborn. And The Kids really wanted to go. And, the next closest school was a 15 minute walk away.
So, at 8:30am on Wednesday morning, Ed and I headed out again. This time, we left The Kids at home (with Uncle Andrew) and prepared for the inevitable message of rejection. As for the Directors response,