Sometimes - usually when election season rolls around in the United States - I start thinking about picking up and moving to another country. England is usually my country of choice; I'm not fluent in any other languages, I've been there before, and I admit, I would love to cultivate that adorable accent!
Of course, I'd be leaving my job here to move across the pond. That would mean looking for jobs in London, which seems like a very competitive market, or maybe checking out jobs in Surrey or jobs in Manchester. It would require a whole lot of research and planning - not to mention court approval to move with my children, and as much as I hate our political situation here, I'm not sure I really want to give up my awesome job or worry about finding a new one that I would enjoy as much. Besides, there's trouble everywhere in the world now, not just here in the USA.
I always think about moving, and sometimes I even start making plans, but I know deep down, here is where I am, and here is where I'm going to stay. If I'm not happy with our politics and our leaders, the best thing I can do is try to change them!
One of the things I love about the school my children attend is the section of solar panels outside the classrooms. I think it's wonderful that the founders of the school made an effort to be as eco-friendly as possible - and those panels serve as excellent proof that they were willing to do more than just talk about teaching the kids to be responsible citizens of planet earth.
I chose Ridge and Valley because of its educational style - everything the kids do is extremely hands-on, and they have a lot of freedom to work at a pace that suits them. They truly are learning by doing. BUT, another huge component of their program is environmentalism. I'm certainly not perfect when it comes to the three R's (reduce, reuse, and recycle), but I am doing my best, and I'm so glad that my children can go to a school where they are encouraged to do even better.
The kids love the solar panels, and I think they realize early on that their school is different and special because of them! I only wish I had the money to convert our home to solar energy.