4. Sep, 2016

A New Beginning

So, finally, we have found a school who would accept Tom on a full time basis.  They don't meet all of anyone's criteria, but they hit most of them, so we're going for it.  Tom was a part time student there on a trial basis whilst I was homeschooling him earlier this year, and as of August 29th he became a full time student there. 

There has had to be a big adjustment in the daily routine, as he leaves home at 7:15 and I'm known for not being a morning person.......😲

However, after week 1 Tom is happy as a happy boy can be, and whilst he feels like that I am willing to do whatever it takes to keep him that way. 

On the way to this point, there have been a lot of lows.  Nowhere in Shanghai was willing to take on Tom as a student, which I began to take rather personally.  None of the over-priced so called international institutions of learning were willing to take any kind of chance on having him there.  Particularly upsetting was one where he'd been having music lessons for 2 years, and they were making all the right and encouraging noises.  Until I asked the question.  Then there was a longer than usual silence, followed by another 'no'.  No reasons, no apologies, just 'no' we're not the right place.  My attitude by this point is "Well if you feel like that about my son, you are correct, and you are NOT the right place."

The place he is going now works for us and for now.  Changes are coming, and we will see what they bring, but for now, the school run continues......