Grouse, grouse, grouse. Oh and The Mission.

I am in a grumpy mood so bear with me and forgive me if it shines through my post.  This has been the fastest summer ever.  My ears are tired of the constant brotherly bickering that drives me nuts.  They are just so mean to each other.  They need space and a chance to miss one another.  I hope.  I am a mixture of excitement and self-pity.  Both caused by the same thing:  This will be the first time in a very long time that I will have the house to myself  on a daily basis.  My youngest isn’t a baby anymore!

Registration is this week and they start next week.   This is Ami’s first year.  Conrad will be starting 1st grade. JP will be attending Jr high as a 6th grader. I am a nervous ninny.  I hope they all have happy, brain filling, successful years.

I recently found out that only 3 of the public middle schools in Tucson are up to standards.  There is something seriously wrong with our system.  I don’t pretend to be an expert, but as it is, things are so messed up that you would need to be living in a vacuum not to know there is a problem.

So long story short the 3 public schools in Tucson that are actually succeeding in preparing our students for high school and on, happen to be about 90 minutes away.  So we have opted to send JP to our local one and supplement the schools ineptitude with private tutors provided free to us by federal funding.

I keep seeing “the system” throwing bandaids at the festering wound that is our education system, and it angers me. Where is simple common sense? We are going to try to make the best of this very flawed and poorly thought out system since there is no way we can afford private school.

Ok I think I am done with my rant.  Thanks for letting me crab at you.

As a parting gift I offer you some shots from our recent visit to San Xavier Mission.  We live less than 10 minutes away from it.  The photos aren’t the best but they give you an idea of how gorgeous this place is.

The white dove of the desert.

The white spec on the far left, middle of this shot is what she looks like when we are hiking by our house.

 

4 Comments

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4 responses to “Grouse, grouse, grouse. Oh and The Mission.

  1. Terrie Frailey

    Beautiful!

  2. It’s so much prettier in person too!

  3. Joan Kellogg

    Love the the pics. But I don’t understand the dove part. ?

    I get the school thing. If you ever want to email and grouse about it, feel free.

    joan

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