We bought a cooked lobster at the grocery store today. Kal-El doesn't want to eat it (we will though) he declared that it was to be "a school thing" and he wants to learn the names of all its parts and dissect it. At the checkout he excitedly mentioned to the bagger that the lobster is "for my school." The bagger (logically) inquired "for show and tell?" In order to prevent a long confusing conversation between Kal-El and the bagger about what "show and tell" is (Kal-El was opening his mouth to ask) I mumbled somewhat apologetically "No, he's homeschooled. He means he wants to dissect it." The cashier literally rolled her eyes.
The number one "break the ice" conversation every doctor, nurse, dentist, or any other member of the medical profession has with Kal-El (and there have been many this year) is as follows:
Doctor: "So...did you go to Kindergarten this year."
Doctor: "So next year then? Are you excited to go away to school?"
Kal-El used to say "I have a school at my house." He is already so sick of the conversation he now just says "yes" when they ask about next year. In between was a short period of time when he thought they meant that he HAD to go away for school next year and he was terrified that I was going to take away the school in our house.
I am not irritated with the doctors and nurses of course. They are simply trying to break the ice with a nervous kid by discussing a life experience that most kids they see share. Totally understandable. The premature "why aren't you in school," eye rolls, and dirty looks I could do without.
This is only the beginning. We will have to develop some thicker skin around here. This fall will be our first year filling out our "intent to homeschool" forms for the state. I have had to make a couple of phone calls to the city we moved away from six months ago because they keep sending us stern letters about not attending kindergarten registration. While they have not apparently realized we don't live in their school district, our current school district hasn't figured out we exist yet so it all evens out. It just seems silly that Kal-El and I had to role play "I have a school at my house" conversations shortly after his fourth birthday.