Tuesday, May 16, 2006

IT'S REALLY GREY OUT THERE

In a million years. No, in a million, trillion years will you guess what I did this morning.
We got a visit from CPS. Someone called in a complaint about us. There is a child abuse hotline here in NY and someone called in their hot tip of the day. They feel that our children are being homeschooled improperly. They referred to it as "educational neglect". They said that our children have to work in our pottery business. And something to the effect that there is just all around neglect.
The interview process was rather painless. The CPS worker was pleasant and great with our youngest daughter (who was wigged out!). We answered all her questions. We gave her a tour of our apartment. She interviewed daughter #2 (daughter #1 was at a friends house). We had to give her someone else to contact to ask about us. We did. We talked about unschooling and child directed learning. We set up an appointment for her to interview daughter #1.
Now we just sit back and wait. Who would do this? Is it someone wanting to give us a hard time? Or is it someone that in their heart of hearts truly feels that our children are not getting a proper education and we are neglecting them? We will never know. Ouch!
There will always be a case file on us now.
Is this backlash from horrid sister? The timing works. The call was made on the same day that she finds out that her brother is revoking his waiver and contesting the will and her as executrix. Would she? Could she?
I can't find my rose colored glasses. It's really grey out there.

2 comments:

Jane_hates_Dick said...

Oh V, how scary for all of you! This pisses me off to no end, knowing how loved and cherished your girls are, and how many children out there could really use the help of CPS and will never get it (probably in part because they are busy following up on bullshit claims where there is no abuse). And as someone who similarly "neglects" her children's education, it terrifies me... I hope this nonsense is put quickly to rest.

madre-terra said...

You know, I don't feel scared or threatened. I mostly feel annoyed!! I feel very comfortable about our choices with our daughters. We'll see how this all plays out. Having a file that lasts forever pisses me off!!!
Found out last night that horrid sister left a 9 minute, non stop talking, message on my m-i-l's best friend's voicemail. In a nut shell...she said that no way her brothers getting into her mother's house and that her brothers are costing the estate thousands of dollars because she has to see a therapist. I never dreamed she could be so nuts!!!
I guess that message meant she heard about husband revoking his waiver of consent and contesting her and the will.
Gee...who would love to give us a hard time right now?