a disappointing start to the week

So I had plans to do something SUPER out of character for me…. I was going to take a trip to NYC to see one of my favorite podcasters in a Live show. Here is a pic of one of their live shows in Europe.

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I did the whole countdown on Ticketmaster and ordered my tickets right when they went on sale. Fast forward to this weekend. I was prepping for my trip, making sure the kids got to and from school when I got this email….

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So bummed. But, I was able to get the plane and hotel refunded. And on Monday, I got travel alerts saying the flight we were scheduled to take was canceled due to weather. So it was just not meant to be for me to hang out in the big city.

Then on Monday we got an email from the new Head of school saying that the overpriced school we send our kids to is changing the tuition model which means that families who can afford to pay will be paying more each year. Now, I am not opposed to a sliding scale fee for tuition. I think it will make the school more diverse in many ways. But I am not happy with the way it was presented. No mention that tuition for those who can pay will increase. You had to click on the link to the new tuition model and compare to this year’s tuition to learn how much more it will be next year. And NO parent input on changing the tuition model.

But we are stuck. Rahul said it best. It was a hard pill to swallow, but like Samantha’s typhoid pills for our trip to Guatemala, it had to be swallowed. Unless we move, we have no other school option. I read stories and hear stories about our public school option that make me willing to pay whatever I have to so they don’t have that experience. Plus my very different learners are BOTH excelling at this school. I guess we just have to be grateful that after the very expensive upper school experience, we have the Duke tuition benefit which most families do not have.

Today the sun came back out and Rahul did the afternoon pick up so I could hang out with my friend Rob in the back yard with some Kratom and fire pit relaxing. Life feels a bit back on track.

The take away? Things don’t always work out the way you think they will. It is ok to not be happy about it, but vent, move on and be grateful for what you have.

Kristan

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