Starting School

“Can you believe our firstborn is starting school?” My wife asked me this question a few days ago, her eyes going wide as she said it, and it ridiculously enough took me completely by surprise.

My son is about to start Begindergarten, which is a cute way of saying an “Early Fives” class. He is going to attend it in an elementary and he will be there all day just like all of the bigger kids, using their same cafeteria and their playground (not at the same time, of course). My wife and I were so focused on getting him into the right school in our area for the last eight months that I didn’t realize until recently how much this change meant for all of us in our little family and for him.

This was about to be something new…

In preparation of this first day over the weekend we drove him to his new school and allowed him to play in the playground for about an hour. While he loved playing in the playground (trying everything he could), I kept noticing things, my parental eye kicking in.

  • Who was it that left these empty beer cans here on the playset? Will these people who would drink at a kids’ playground be around the school? Heaven forbid, or will they actually be attending?
  • Why are there so many weeds?
  • And are those soccer nets going to be fixed?
  • Is that rust?

Yes, while this playground is better than anything I had growing up (and this is a great school district), I still was catching everything I possibly could. This could be a super power of mine. A lame super power, but still a power. You can call me “Protective Dad.” And I am here to shake my head and wag my finger at others! Irresponsible people of the world be warned! Protective Dad is among you now! Continue reading

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My Time With Harry, Part One

From GreenSpotBlue.com, part one of my discussion on the Harry Potter movies–

Recently, my hosts at GreenSpotBlue said, “Hey Scott, you can write about movies if you like.” My first reaction was, well, that is impossible. I don’t really get to go out and see movies anymore. My toddler isn’t ready for the experience of the theater, so the movie going experience was always out of my reach without the aid of a babysitter. And this is really sad because I used to be one of those film buffs that would see each of the films nominated for Best Picture each year… Last year I saw one and it was the kid movie.

Okay, but when the film discussion door was open, what came out screaming before the classics or foreign moves waiting in line… was Harry Potter. Harry Potter zoomed past them like his Nimbus 2000 was on fire. Continue reading