Apparently the school my children attend believes it is spelled o-p-t-i-o-n-a-l.
I almost asked this morning when I dropped the kids off if all the classes would be watching the inauguration, but I didn't. Because I assumed it would have been mandatory to see history in the making. It was a no-brainer to me that the children would witness a terribly important and POSITIVE day in United States history, live. Not on the evening news after it was all said and done.
I blew it.
If I had known that the big screen television was to be placed in the small conference room off of the cafeteria and that the students would have a choice to play after they ate lunch or watch as the inauguration unfolded I would have kept them home. And educated them. And they would be better for it, maybe not today or even tomorrow, but at some point in time they would recall that their mom forced them to watch Inauguration 2009 and they would feel proud for being a part of today in some small way.
Instead they will just remember that it was really cold, Diezel got his hair cut after school and their mom was a-n-g-r-y and d-i-s-a-p-p-o-i-n-t-e-d about what didn't happen at school.
****My fourth grader did see a portion of it and talked more about Yo-Yo Ma than President Obama, but maybe that is because she was whisked back to class DURING President Obama's speech and she saw the entire performance of Yo-Yo Ma.