The diamond as big as the Ritz

The Snork Maiden and I had lunch recently with my colleague Natasha B. and her daughter, now that the two girls are going to be in the same grade at SA (Natasha B.’s daughter has been there since kindergarten). We ate at a mall restaurant and then wandered around the mall for a while. I looked for a pair of sandals that would be okay for work (no luck) but found a pair of very comfortable black flats that I plan to wear the hell out of.

Natasha’s daughter (ND) is a nice, obviously very bright kid who is more than a year older than the Snork Maiden, thanks to SA’s enforcement of a summer-birthday cutoff date in the elementary school. Public school has a winter cutoff, so the Snork Maiden, with a fall birthday, will be among the youngest in her grade. She’s almost as tall as ND, and they got along great, but I confess to a qualm or two. ND seems a bit “sophisticated”–I put that in quotes because of course it’s almost-twelve-year-old sophistication, which is really a kind of amateur performance of sophistication.  But the Snork Maiden–though she can be snarky and affect cool–seems more like, well, a child.  Which is appropriate, since she is one.  I suppose it’s both the age difference and the difference between six years of private education in a wealthy suburb and six years of public education in a more economically diverse one. 

Ah well, it will be a learning experience.  Today, during a brief lull in the merry round of meetings, I went to scope out where her homeroom is, since I’m not familiar with that corner of campus, and I ran into another new student, exploring with his parents.  They’ve just moved here from Switzerland, and the boy will be in the Snork Maiden’s homeroom.  He didn’t look all sophisticated and over-it, though; he looked itchy and shy and thoroughly eleven or so.

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  1. […] which makes me wonder if she is interviewing for another job.  Just before break, I heard that her daughter had decided to leave SA for high school in favor of a public school in one of the Smaller, More […]

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