and trust me when i tell you, that's a good thing.
he started a new school this year since we bought the house and it's in a new city and stuff. i didn't realize (even subconsciously) how much blake's school would affect how i felt about where we live. but holy crap! going to his open house... hearing the principal talk.. the guest speakers.. and meeting his teachers- i just walked out of there feeling SO positive about it all. they emphasized that the school didn't focus on "the test" (for those of you who don't know, the schools are all about the california star test.. from the beginning of the year to the end- it's all about getting a good score on the standardized test, so that the school can get more money). anyway, he said they are not about the test. recognized it's importance, but also didn't think it was the ONLY important thing. they have a music program where the kids will learn how to play the guitar, the drums, the piano, etc. they just bought a kiln so the kids can make things, do art, etc. it just was really awesome. just felt more well rounded and fun- exciting and stuff (for him)... which i think at this level, it's what it should be about. school should still be fun, you know?
everything about it was really family oriented.. community driven. i don't know how to explain it other than the fact that i walked out of there wondering why the hell we even bothered living in the other city the past 2 years when this place is so much more us. it also made me realize that the school he had been attending the last 2 years just lacked in so many ways. that school needs to take a lesson from this one. seriously. it could learn a few things (or a few thousand).
i feel happier in general being here now. like blake's school made that much of a difference in regards to how i feel about living in an entire city. i dunno, i guess i just find it weird? or eye opening? or shocking? or something. i don't know. all i do know is that i didn't expect it.
(next thing you know i'll be writing about how awful the school is and i'll want to take this whole post back... lol)