My phone rings while I was laid up in bed. Of course my son hands me the phone, never mind that I'm all fuzzy from drugs. It was someone from the English department of J's new school. Cindy (I think she said) asked how I was, and I admitted that I just had oral surgery and was a bit loopy from drugs. Fine, she'd keep it short. She then proceeded to say that she wanted to set up J's English Language Services. Isn't that like ESL (English as a second language)? I told Cindy that English is the only language that J's ever spoken and that his parents (that includes me) and siblings are all American-born. She was all confused and asked how long J has been here. I informed her that we moved to Illinois two months ago. No, no. How long has J been in the country? Excuse me? Didn't I just tell her that we're ALL AMERICAN-BORN in this family? Are you basing this solely on our Chinese surname? Don't you have his transcripts? I was sooo annoyed.
On top of this experience, I had a similar one at the the DMV. Though, they don't call it that in Illinois. I think it's just the "license office" or something like that. I wanted to pick up applications for our Illinois car registration and driver's licenses. There was one line for each request. Since no one was standing at the registration window, I went there first . I got the forms I needed and asked if I could also get the forms for licenses too, since the man was sitting right next to the license woman. He asked his colleague and she passed the papers to him. I also asked if there was a list of acceptable identification papers, since every state is different. The woman then looked straight at me, handed me a piece of paper and told me that if I had a foreign passport, I needed XYZ too. Why the *^*%$$# would she assume that I was foreign?! Because of my Asian face?
I've been keeping an open mind about my new home, but so far, Illinois is not looking very pretty to me. We have to pay $340 in school fees just for the honor of having two children attend the local public schools. That's not including any extra-curricular activities.
Ok. Ranting done.
On a happier note, my kids and I flew back to my home state of New Jersey to visit my family. We spent a lazy week with my siblings, my nieces and nephew, went to the beach, to Six Flags, shopping...
|Island Beach State Park, our favorite beach|