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The (Dreaded?) School Run

21 Nov

So my morning started with this post on Facebook:

A cultural misunderstanding of hand signals and general road etiquette led to a policeman scaring the hell out of me and my kids this morning at the school gate. Yikes! Won’t be doing that again.

A friend asked for “more details please” so here they are.

Ha ha! So about my being scared sh!tless by the Romanian police this morning…

I usually drop my kids off at school by 7:30 – the earliest parents can (or else my husband takes them). Today, we were running a little late so I had to take them in because husband had a 7:35am meeting.

I find Romanian drivers to be notoriously selfish. This morning was no different. As I was waiting in line to turn right into the school parking lot, I noticed that nobody was letting the folks trying to turn left into the parking lot in. So I flashed my lights, as is the custom here, to indicate that I’m willing to let the next car go in front of me. I thought that the policeman directing (and I use that term lightly) traffic must not have liked that I did that because he gestured for me to “stop”. So I did, and I let one or two more cars go in ahead of me. The policeman had walked away at this point. I’m sitting there thinking that I’ve done the polite thing – I’ve let cars in ahead of me – and that now it’s my turn to go in. WRONG!

Now keep in mind, I’m only going 5km an hour  or so when all of sudden there is this loud banging noise coming from the back of my car. I jumped and I screamed because I thought I’d hit, or been hit, by something. Turns out, that noise was the sound of a burly 6ft tall officer banging his knuckles on my rear window! My son is asking, “Mommy! What’s wrong!”

“I don’t know sweetie,” I said.

The officer motions for me to pull over outside of the gate (yeah, he’s not letting me onto school property) and starts berating me in Romanin. I smile politely say I don’t understand.

He says, “I told you to STOP!”

“Yes sir, and I did, but then it was my turn.”

“NO! You stop until I tell you to go!”

“Ok. I misunderstood. My mistake. I apologize. But you just scared me very much.” Turns out that last bit was the wrong thing to say. LOL

Must double up my efforts to get to school by 7:30am when there is no traffic.

So that’s my story. I’m sure that while it will one day make an interesting little scene in the screenplay of my life, today it was just plain embarrassing.




My toddler is wearing underpants. Sort of.

4 Aug

I came home today to find my two and a half year old, naked, in the front courtyard wielding a garden hose. I wish I’d gotten a picture!

The next time I saw him, he was wearing his older brother’s underpants…over his diaper. His nanny tells me that this fashion choice was his own insistence. Is this his way of telling me that he’s ready for potty training??  

I ask this because, well, for a variety of reasons, I’ve let potty training sort of slide this summer. This being my second trip around parenting, I’ve learnt to pick my battles. Potty training falls under that category for me. I mean, he’s not really even talking yet (and that’s a post for another day), how can I start potty training?

That being said, I was rather surprised at the reaction I got from the director of the Montessori preschool that I just enrolled my youngest in when I told him that my son wasn’t toilet trained yet. “You mean he still wears a diaper at night?”, he asked. “Um, no, he wears a diaper all day too”, was my response. It wouldn’t have taken an expert in body language to tell me that this man did NOT approve.

I took this up with another teacher mommy friend of mine with a child of similar age. I told her about how this school director responded and, that up until that moment, I’d thought I was doing well as a parent – or at least I didn’t realise that I was ‘failing’. She was predictably supportive and reminded me that we all learn at our own pace. 

So hopefully, soon, my youngest will be fully potty trained and I will gain the approval of his new school’s director. In the meantime, I’m happy to continue changing diapers. 

My annual ode to International Women’s Day

8 Mar

It’s a new day! Obama supports marriage rights for all.

11 May

By the title of my post, I figure that most people have, by now, figured out where I stand on this issue. Here is a post I recently read.

I think Obama is only supporting gay marriage because he wants to be reelected.. If he really did support gay marriage why did he announce it just now, why not do anything about it during his entire term as president.?. I guess you will say whatever it takes to pull ahead when your (sic) behind in an election

My response:

I am not an American.

Nor do I find the timing suspicious in the least. When VP Biden stated last Sunday that he personally supports marriage for all he became the highest ranking member of the US government to ever say so publicly. And by doing so, in a way, forced Obama to respond. That the President of the United States came out in support of it, and with a reasoned explanation to boot, made me proud to have supported him in the first place. For the first time in history, nationally, more Americans than ever (about 50%) believe that the rights of marriage should be conferred upon all. I can understand, though I don’t agree, with those who believe that same-sex unions are a moral sin. But that’s just it, you may think it’s a sin but how do you then decide that it’s illegal. Talkin’ to you North Carolina! You don’t need a reason to make something legal. You need a reason to make something illegal. And while the spirit of our laws are based on the spirit of judeo/christian law, our laws currently reflect a shift from those ancient values. For example, we no longer consider the breaking of the first commandment a criminal offense. In fact, it is exactly that freedom and diversity upon which America was founded. So I guess what I’m trying to say is that religious morality should be kept separate from our legal system; a system which is intrinsically designed to evolved with society. A trait that is not predominate in organized religion worldwide.