In any case, I'm a bit worn out mentally lately. This is due to Anna.
(Anna on the hay ride at the Crane Creek Vineyard Tomato Fest--where we didn't see any tomatoes but we, tom and I, drank some good wine.)
Okay so back to the Anna issue. The girl has developed a major school anxiety. She makes herself upset enough to throw up every morning. Today she cried her way into staying home. I was at a Tri-State Business Women's meeting, so she was with The Man. When I finished my meeting I went home, and after much crying by Anna and much cajoling by me she went to school. Albeit two and a half hours late, but she did go to school. I imagine now you have a few questions:
1. Is she being bullied?
2. Is she sick?
3. Is she struggling with the work?
No. no bully. I'm fairly well-versed in bullies due to Patrick and Bryce having dealt with them in previous school years. She sits with three other kids and likes all of them. Kaitlyn is her 'best friend' and she has a crush on the little boy that sits next to her. She likes the school lunches and when we were there last night for the Teacher Open House she ran off and played on the playground with some other girls and didn't want to go home.
Is she sick? It's possible. However, she isn't crying and saying her stomach hurts on Saturday or Sunday mornings, only school days. That is why I've concluded that it's anxiety, not a virus. The Man still thinks a virus is a possibility.
The workload seems fine, she isn't crying about the work. This morning she said:
1. She misses me.
2. She is afraid that I or her dad might die during the day while she is at school.
3. She is afraid that someone will break into our house and steal our dogs.
Sounds like some general anxiety, don't you agree? In any case, mornings are tough right now. I'm a bit at a loss on what to do, I thought it would have gotten better by now since it is the third week of school. Additionally, yesterday Patrick was all upset about going to school. On the bright side, I am used to his dislike of school and his constant efforts to 'get' to stay home 'sick'. Anna was the one who loved school. Now, not so much.
This means that next Tuesday I may have a real struggle on my hands. Who wants to go back to their job after a 3 day weekend? No one. Most kids feel the same way about school.