Dear So and So...the Home Educating in Italy on a bad day edition.
Dear Complete Stranger 1
Yes he is in the forth year. No, not the local school. Oh it's a bilingual educational facility. Err..no not in Milan. Actually it is via the internet...very advanced the internet these days...almost magic....yes the computer is at home. No, he still sees other children/people. I am aware that social isolation could be an issue and since I like him quite a lot being my son and all I have gone to some lengths to set up extensive daily interaction, consisting of both organized and free play with his peers...oh right your bus is here so you don't need to fill the time anymore. Rightio, glad to have been of service.
Dear Complete Stranger 2
Yes the forth year. No not the local school. A bilingual educational facility ...blahblahblah. Oh right so me and "the Muslims" are planning on undermining and sabotaging Italian culture and society by culturally and linguistically isolating our children. I see. Oh no please if you need to get to the post office now you have run out of steam don't let me hold you up. I'm sure I can find somebody else to throw random accusations at me.
Dear Complete Stranger 3
Yes the forth year. Look can I just stop you right there ! I'd love to hear your views on HEing, just not when I am looking for the one brand of passata di verdure that Son of Thor will eat, which the supermarket has outrageously moved from its proper place in this freezer right next to the chips. I shop by memory of where things are and one unexpected shifting of product position and my whole shopping list falls out of my head. I can't cling to said mental list AND find the passata AND manage your need to tell me, right here, right now "Ma ..Signora !! Non si fa cosí !!!"
Dear Complete Stranger 4
Yes the forth year, please don't ask anymore questions cos this will turn into a shocked, horrified silence that is a precursor to the mini-rant of your own choosing...I really have to get to the fag shop and pay ENEL before they cut me off.
Dear Complete Stranger 5
HE'S IN THE FORTH YEAR !!!! WHATOFIT !!
Oh sorry , erm right ...it's ten to 18 o'hundred hours. ...Ahem. ..... Squirm.
I am so glad I am spending the day in Milan tomorow, a break from small town life will be greatly appreciated.
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