Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Yesterday, Today and Mañana

It always seems to be about falling behind, catching up and making plans for tomorrow.

So yesterday was productive, if a little distressing: I got The Call... the one from school... "Your son fell... he wants you." Yikes! Terrible visions clouding perspective and reason. He's OKay. He came down hard, on both elbows. No scrapes or blood, but we had to go to the doctor and check for broken stuff. Yesterday he was hurting. Today he is hurting a lot. I guess that is to be expected, but we are supposed to keep an eye on him, just in case there is something the doctor could not detect by clenching Alex's fist and looking at his arms. Poor guy...

I also cooked a fabulous dinner, baked cookies, bathed the younger ones, washed all the dishes and bought a week's 2 days worth of groceries. What else?

William had his first independent study check-in. Now he is enrolled in an official program with the local public high school, so I can breath a huge sigh of relief and sleep well at night, knowing he is well supported and under the watchful eye of trained professionals. Professionals like his English teacher, who said: "Lord of the Flies. Huh... There are 2 movie versions of this one. The first one is in black and white. I think it is the better one. The new movie doesn't follow the story. You could see the movie."

I kid you not. Could that be any more "Orange County?"

From the movie:
Mr. Burke: Now, when I say "Romeo and Juliet," who comes to mind?
Dana: Claire Danes?
Mr. Burke: That's right, Claire Danes. Who else?
Chad: Leonardo DiCaprio.
Mr. Burke: Right. Who else? Well, you know someone else was involved in that movie who in some ways is as famous as Leonardo Di Caprio. And his name is William Shakespeare. And some great movies have been made based on his plays: Hamlet, West Side Story, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Waterworld, Gladiator, Chocolat...

Or this classic....

Principal Harbert: People, June is just around the corner, let's talk graduation speakers. Ideas?
Shaun: Toni Morrison, she's in town that same weekend for a book signing. She's won the Nobel Prize.
Principal Harbert: Interesting... Dana, didn't you say you have a cousin who was friends with Britney Spears?

Yes, see the movie.

Today is for bill paying, and worrying about Alex, thinking about the weekend, and procrastinating. And tomorrow? Let's see... probably laundry and there's always the hope that I will clean our bedroom. I really want to finish my WIPs, before Maria and Benjamin get too comfortable.


Anna Banana said...

BIG LOL!!! I need to see Orange County! How could it be that I haven't seen it?

I am better. The dentist said so. Long story, not very interesting. Need to lay off the Indian food as I could be allergic to green dye #3.

anne said...

What a disappointment that there's so little encouragement to read the witty, wonderful words of the original author. I have a friend whose high school education was just as you described here. She felt such a lack and spends much of her reading time catching up on all the classics she missed in school.
Hope Alex is feeling some better. Maybe he needs some lemon pound cake ;-)

kimsherrod said...

Like, ummm, totally, man....way better than the least they have you. That's funny, really because I am getting ready to watch Frida for research...hahaha maybe its our generation? How old is Mr Burke?

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

No way! A real honest-to-goodness English teacher actually wanted your son to watch a movie instead of reading the book?! Why not call it Cinema Critiques and be done with it. Seriously "Lord of the Flies" was a great read when I was in school. And how sad that Britney Spears is a more desired speaker than Toni Morrison. You were kidding, right? Please say you were. :-)

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

Duh, I didn't realize that the two bits were from the movie "Orange County". Guess I didn't see that one. I'm more of a "Fast Times from Ridgemont High" person. :-)

Natalie said...

"Orange County" is definitely a "Fast Times" flavor movie, with a surprising cast of actors.
The English teacher did say those things, but at least he expects William to read the book too... it was weird, because it was th efirst thing he said to us... no "Hi" or "My name is..." LOL

Mama Spark said...

too late...they are already too comfortable!! LOL