So about the teachers. Lilia has the same homeroom teacher as last year, but her special helper teacher has changed. No longer do we have the dour and conservative Miss N. Now we have the bright and good-natured Ms. Y., who if I recall correctly, taught a deaf boy with ADD or something like that, last year. Miss N. was always in a bad mood by the end of the day, and I felt kind of sorry for my girl. I understand that she is difficult. She’s extremely willfull and easily distracted (except when she’s being stubborn about something), but she’s also a cheerful and funny kid. I was happy to see Ms. Y. laughing when I went to pick up Lilia yesterday. My friend L., who taught high school in Australia, says that high school teachers should never teach small children. Maybe she’s right. Last year Miss N. moved down from the high school to be Lilia’s teacher. Now she’s gone.
Jio didn’t get the rumored kibishi (strict) teacher he expected. He said his new teacher is nice, and he came bursting out of school on the first day with a big smile on his face. The woman took one look at me, turned to Jio, and said, “Does your mother speak Japanese?” I found this very off-putting and wanted to slap her, but maybe things will get better. At any rate, Jio’s anxiety seems to have died down a bit.