The SB277 referendum did not make the November 2016 ballot. That means that SB277 will be implemented by July 2016. Cassie cannot go to Transitional Kindergarten. We thought about keeping her in preschool for another year, but there are two problems with that:
- We don’t want her to stay in preschool for another year. We think she’ll be ready for TK, or even Kindergarten, by next fall.
- There’s no guarantee that the law suits that are sure to occur will convince a judge to stay the law in time for her to go to Kindergarten.
If we want our daughter to go to school, we cannot stay in California. We will be moving to New Hampshire next summer.
Why New Hampshire? Max and I lived there from 1998 through 2004. We still have a lot of friends in the area, including Jackson’s godparents, who are willing to let us stay with them while we find a place to live. Max and I do not make friends easily, so moving to a random state was never an option. Ideally, Max would like to move back to Pittsburgh, but I’m not comfortable with race relations there. I understand that NH is one of the least diverse states in America, but we will just have to find and promote diversity while we’re there.
From people on the anti-SB277 groups, I get a lot of “why don’t you just homeschool?” Perhaps the biggest reason is this: We don’t want to. We do not think it is the best course of action for our children. I’m not against homeschooling as a concept. However, homeschooling is not for every parent and child. Furthermore, both Max and I work full time – we both have to work full time to afford living in the Bay Area. Homeschooling and working full time are not compatible.
I wish I could keep Jackson in his language immersion program, and I wish we could send Cassie there as well. I like where we live. We have friends here – although one of the two families may be moving thanks to SB277 as well. We’re trying to convince them to go to NH too. Max is happy to be moving back East. To him, California has never felt like home. It feels like home to me, though, and I’m really going to miss it.
The title of this blog post is “Changes” – plural. As of Friday, November 6, I will no longer be a contractor for Not Bank of America. Although they would have extended my contract, they would not hire me, because I live in California. (It’s expensive to maintain employees here.) For quite some time, I believed my contract would expire, and I would need to find a new job. I applied to one that sounded ideal to me. I loved the job description itself. I applied. I got a phone interview. I thought I tanked it. I really thought I wasn’t giving the interviewer the answers he wanted to hear. Yet, I was called to go into The City for in person interviews.
I went. They really seemed to like me. One week later, I got the verbal offer. I had to tell them that Max and I had decided to move to NH during that week. Somehow, that was OK with them. One week after that, the signatures were obtained. I’m set to start on November 16. I am crazy excited, but I’m also concerned that I won’t live up to their expectations. There’s one other writer there, who is new to tech writing, but he’s been at the company for just over a year. It will be tricky to navigate that relationship.
Oh, in the meanwhile, Max and I celebrated 20 years of being together. October 16, 1995 was our first kiss, so, 20 years. I should probably write a blog post just about that.
Yes, changes are afoot. Like Red Ridinghood, I’m excited, but scared. I’m angry that I’m being forced to leave my home state to find medical freedom. I’m angry that I’m leaving good friends behind. I do look forward to returning to the good friends we’ve had in NH. I’m not looking forward to next winter. I’ve got so many conflicting emotions. I’m living in interesting times, I guess.