I am so grateful for the encouraging comments I got concerning our girls going to public school. We had a brief experience in 1st grade with #1 and I pulled her out at Christmas time. That is sort of what I'm holding onto that leaves me stuck in the valley of indecisiveness.
I tried to volunteer to plan parties and be in the classroom, but I was competing with a "professional" room mother who just happened to be a teacher in the same school district. She found it very amusing one day when we were talking about what the school was calling a "Harvest Party" and she was suggesting Frankensteins and I told her I didn't celebrate Halloween. She laughed very condescendingly and said out loud to no one in particular, "That's funny. I'm planning a Halloween party with someone who doesn't celebrate Halloween". I tried to explain that we celebrate fall and harvests, pumpkins, owls, scarecrows, but she basically "fired" me and got one of her friends to help her. I went to the party and helped #1 paint her flower pot a lovely mixture of green and black while the other kids painted Frankenstein. I didn't know who felt more like the class freak, me or #1.
I'm not bitter.
But, I am distrustful of Halloween in "Harvest Party" clothes. And strong, confident women who think they are better than me, treating me like a "needy nitwit".
But, really....I'm not bitter!!!!!
So, I decided we will go to Florida and visit the in-laws the week before/of Halloween if the girls go to public school.
Because that is the mature thing to do.