03.15does idealism die when it’s your kids?
Two years ago:
Me: Hey, the neighbors say they’re going to send Max to the school for which we’re zoned.
Pretty Bride: They won’t do it.
Me: I think they will. They’re vegan and drive hybrids and stuff. They’re involved in the local school already, trying to make it better so that by the time their progeny is old enough to start kindergarten, conceivably, the school will be better than it is now. They already go to PTA meetings and everything!
PB: No they won’t. People only hold onto their ideals until it actually involves THEIR CHILD. Then, they abandon them.
Me: Again, I think they’re willing to be the trailblazers. To let their boy be the neighborhood lab rat. You’ll see.
Incidentally, the school we’re talking about is the one I visited on Career Day, as outlined in one of my very first blog posts. You know, where the 2nd graders asked me about prison rape.
Last weekend at said neighbors’ child’s 5th birthday party:
Me: So, y’all still planning to send Max to our zoned elementary school?
Neighbor: No. We’re looking at options for administrative transfer. What are you guys doing?
Me: Assuming we can’t sell our house, private. Did I ever tell you what they asked me on Career Day?
So, I was wrong. But is my bride right?
I normally think closing a blog post with a question is just fishing for comments, but I’m really curious if others’ experiences are similar here. Hell, our President certainly didn’t send his kids to the locally zoned school. So…
Do people only hold onto their ideals until the sacrifice required actually involves them (or their kids)?