This week Delaney had to endure her first round of state sponsored torture. Anyone with elementary school children knows the horros of End Of Grade testing or EOGs as they are called in our district. Starting in 3rd grade (keep in mind Delaney isn't even 9 years old yet) the students are subjected to 3 days of high pressure testing, the results of which determine whether the school gets funding, the teacher gets merit pay and as a kicker, whether they can progress to the next grade, regardless of how they have performed throughout the year, if they are sick or if, as is the case with Delaney, the children have pretty significant anxiety about them. They are all required by law to take these tests. Not only do they take 3 days to administer them, but the ENTIRE SCHOOL basically has to go on some strange silent mode which is creepy and IMO only adds to the already tense and stressful ambiance. Then, of course there are the weeks of prep that the teachers have to do with the students which also takes away from instructional time that could be used to actually TEACH the children something.
OK, I'll step off my soapbox now and get on with the picture.
To celebrate Delaney's successful completion of her first round of EOGs, KC and I told her she could pick anywhere she wanted to go for dinner. Originally, she had chosen Ginza, from which you may remember I posted a pic of the chef a few weeks ago. Neither KC nor I really wanted to go there again so soon. We like it but it's not a place you can go to very often. It's a great "once in a while" place.
In conversing with her, KC discovered that the main reason Delaney was leaning toward Ginza was because she liked the shrimp! AhHa! A plan formed in my head. All we needed to do was convince her that there are better places to get shrimp. Lo and behold, this afternoon, I received a promotional e-mail from Rockfish at Southpoint in Durham. Eureeka! The perfect alternative. I slyly brought up the subject as we walked home from the bus. I asked her if the reason she wanted to go to Ginza was for the shrimp to which she replied in the affirmative. I suggested to her that there are better places around for shrimp and mentioned that I got an e-mail from one of them today. I was fortunate that she was in a very good mood. She beamed at the thought of even better shrimp and we had a winner! (18mm, f3.5, 1/125)
Of course every good celebration must have dessert. The Marble Slab that was at Southpoint has closed down so as long as we were going to have to get in the car, we let Delaney decide if she'd rather go to the Cold Stone across the street or go back to Cary and go to either Kilwin's or Goodberry's. There was some consternation about her decision. Macy wanted Kilwin's which, naturally solidified Delaney's desire to go to Goodberry's. Once we got there, however, Macy was happy to have her chocolate with rainbow sprinkles. Delaney got her normal "chocolate, mint, chocolate chip" and all was right with the world. Of course, getting a picture of Delaney smiling lately has been a challenge. I tried several times and believe it or not, THIS was as good as it got. (28mm, f4.5, 1/100)
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun