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Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:55 AM

A positive today - my grandson and I move on from 4th grade.

I have been able to provide a space and a little help for my grandson. When school was iffy as to when it would open, I offered my services to his parents to help them. It would be all or nothing. He was signed up for total virtual learning and we were off.

What a year it has been. And what a lot they are teaching 4th graders. I am from a family of educators so I knew there was help for me if I needed it. We did not. He did great and I was very happy with the program.

I had so much time with him. We laughed, we cried, we debated, and we learned from each other. If we did not know something, we researched. When he learned about the Irish and Europeans exodus to America, I got to share stories I learned from my mom and my grandma. When they talked about native Americans, we discussed the ancestry of his baby sister who is Ojibwa on her dads side. When they had a course on women's rights, we discussed my grandmother not being able to vote and my mom not being able to get a credit card. We discussed civil rights, gay rights, boomers, and YouTube. And so much more.

He learned Republicans make his booma (the name he gave me when he was a toddler, it has stuck) swear. He opines that trump is an idiot. He wants to be an artist and has declared himself pansexual. We will see.

We watched Jan 6 together. He learned from watching it that he does not want to be stupid like them. And we talked about how he is to deal with people who act like that. We also watched BLM marched, and talked about the differences.

He is a smart kid, all As and the biggest problem being to slow him down to get his hours requirement. He learned about my life, my opinions. I am struggling to explain that I used to he considered a bleeding liberal women's lib white girl, and that I am now considered an old white woman centrist. But with him, I am Booma. I am the person who was lucky to be home so he could avoid the pandemic.

And to me, he is hope. With all going on in the world, he is a ray of sunshine. He is the reason I feel we are going to he ok. He is aware of the world and rolls with it. He has survived more than I ever had to face at his young age. In the past couple of years he has lost both great grandmas, been bullied to the point the police had to he brought in ( trumpets kids, flags and all), his parents divorced and are both in new relationships and new jobs. He has a new baby sister. And he turned 10 last week. He also knows how lucky we are, even though his mom and grandpa were exposed to "the covid" , none of us got it. My daughter was one who lost her job because of the pandemic, but one of the lucky ones who got a new one.

Kids are so much more aware of everything going on. And we have to believe in them. They know they had this year taken from them, and they know why. They are aware of the planet, and are learning how to save it. They have lives filled with different ethnicities, different religions, and different views. They are weighed down by the responsibilities we are leaving them. They are also up for the challenge. We haven't given them a choice.

If you are still reading, thank you for putting up with a long post. I don't write very often as there are so many here that post so well, saying things so well. So many views and layers of experience from world wide to down to earth. It humbles me.

There has been a lot of negativity, some snarking, and a whole lot of right wing opinions shared lately. I think it is a trump hangover, with some hair of the dog republican bloviating still out there, encouraging knee jerk reaction. Well, I have bad knees. So no more jerking for me.

So off I go to the last day of school. Retired, but not dead, and still relevant. And feeling very lucky.

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Reply A positive today - my grandson and I move on from 4th grade. (Original post)
BoomaofBandM Jun 2021 OP
CurtEastPoint Jun 2021 #1
Arkansas Granny Jun 2021 #2
iamateacher Jun 2021 #3
Cracklin Charlie Jun 2021 #4
nuxvomica Jun 2021 #5
Scrivener7 Jun 2021 #6
catrose Jun 2021 #7
blm Jun 2021 #8
lark Jun 2021 #9
Joinfortmill Jun 2021 #10
bigtree Jun 2021 #11
OneGrassRoot Jun 2021 #12
mahina Jun 2021 #13
mgardener Jun 2021 #14
BobTheSubgenius Jun 2021 #15
tavernier Jun 2021 #16
whistler162 Jun 2021 #17
MLAA Jun 2021 #18
Wild blueberry Jun 2021 #19

Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 09:58 AM

1. What a gift you have given him. You have shaped his life forever!

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:00 AM

2. Your grandson is very lucky to have you. We can learn so much from them if we take the time to

really talk to them and listen to what they have to say.

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:32 AM

3. Wonderful post

How fortunate to have such a meaningful and close relationship with your grandson.

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:42 AM

4. My granddaughter did virtual kindergarten all year.

Her mom and dad gave up hours of work and free time to keep her on track, while I watched the little sisters upstairs.

The school district gave those kids the option to do a four week in person summer school, and my girl signed up for first grade.

She started Wednesday, and is having a blast. She has been up and ready to go by six every morning. From the stories shes been telling, she missed recess most of all.

Your grandson will be a better man for the time you spent with him.

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 10:59 AM

5. A beautiful post

What you've done I consider heroic: the protection and nurturing of the innocent to prepare them to meet the challenges we will leave for them. This is the same human story told allegorically throughout myth and literature and you are living it.

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:05 AM

6. Happy graduation day!

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:15 AM

7. Your grandson is the luckiest kid! I bet he looks back on this as his best school year ever.

I've felt so bad for the kids and parents who didn't have a Booma. I know what it's like to be a single, homeschooling mother trying to hold a job. At least I had no pandemic (except then, I wouldn't have been expected to show up anywhere but on Zoom, soooooo...).

Bravo, bravo, bravo to you and him. The kids are all right. Also the Boomas.

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:23 AM

8. Honored that you shared this with us.

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:24 AM

9. You are one very lucky Booma and I am so glad you are with us.

You and your grandson are an everyday inspiration, what life should be about. Thanks you for sharing this. We all need encouragement these days.

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:30 AM

10. Love this

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:32 AM

11. this is really something special

...thanks for sharing this, BoomaofBandM.

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:34 AM

12. I love this post. Thank you. n/t

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:42 AM

13. You beauty.

Thank you.

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 11:44 AM

14. You area wonderful grandpa!

He is lucky to have you!

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:00 PM

15. What a great story.

Thank you!!!

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:35 PM

16. I was fortunate enough to stay with my grandson while daughter worked.

It pays dividends. Now he is in college, and treats me like a second mom... we go for ice cream when hes back from school, have heart to heart talks, and he always gives me double hugs before leaving. And texts me sometimes just to tell me a joke or say hi. Its a great investment. ❤️

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:39 PM

17. Congratulations Jethro

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:51 PM

18. What a wonderful relationship you are both so lucky to have 💖

So glad you posted!

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Response to BoomaofBandM (Original post)

Fri Jun 4, 2021, 12:52 PM

19. You're both very lucky

Thank you for your wonderful post.

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