Olivia did stay back this year and that proved more stressful on me than her I think. She asked me to drive her and walk her down to her class. I had forgotten that the students would be lined up according to grade in the lobby until it was time to go down to the classrooms. Here we stood together in the 2nd grade line next to the kids from her class last year in the 3rd grade line. I did my best to be strong and smile for her. I whispered that she would do great! The last few days we discussed what she would tell people if she was asked why she wasn't in 3rd grade with them and she seemed to be OK. The night before she came into my bed in the middle of the night to ask if I could drive her instead of taking the bus. Of course I say. I then ask her again- What are you going to say? She stunned me with her response. Mom, I have 3 words to tell them- I.CHOSE.TO. Well bim-bam-bop. Bite me. She is going to be OK. I also talked to her about if someone got rude and I told her to tell a grown up and to tell that person to mind their own business. Mama, is rounding up her wagons and I will go in to school and smoke a 3rd grader if I have to.
Who is more stressed? I do not know but I will say she is a tough cookie.
1 more thing:The teacher says a new law was passed and all incidents between children will be reported. Of course working at the Police department I'm like-Reported to who? She says the office and you may get a call from the school adjustment counselor if an "incident" occurs. Oh, shit.