Aug 22, 201409:14 AM
Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans

Back To School

I am seriously lacking in back-to-school enthusiasm.

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All too quickly, we are back in school. I have that haunted feeling of someone waking up early after a long night, a defeated sense of, “God, I just went to sleep and now the alarm is going off.” This is both a metaphor for how short the summer was and a literal whimper of exhaustion. Ruby’s school was in session until June 20 and started on Monday, and I am seriously lacking in back-to-school enthusiasm.

It’s not that I don’t love her school. Her teacher, at least thus far, seems fantastic, and the parents and kids at Morris Jeff have long felt like family to me, so seeing them again is both refreshing and comforting.

But Georgia just started a preschool program at St. Martin’s, and her adjustment has taken up a lot of my emotional energy, and we are moving, which is taking up most of my physical energy – and the result is that last night found me having to draw on deep reserves of strength to have the will to even fold a basket of towels. I did it. I even put them away. But the idea of downloading chevron-printed templates from Etsy to document Ruby’s first day of school or putting together a goody basket for the teacher … they’re just not in the cards. Instead, I took a blurry iPhone picture of Ruby in the hallway in front of her classroom and sent her teacher a series of neurotic emails about the fact that there is another Ruby in the class. It’s the best I can manage.

Maybe soon I will embrace the return to the routine, but right now, I am longing for summer – and for the chance to keep hitting the snooze button.

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Joie d'Eve

Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans

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Eve is further proof, if any is needed, that New Orleans girls can never escape the city. After living here since the age of 3 and graduating from Ben Franklin High School, Eve moved to Columbia, Mo., where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Missouri School of Journalism and became truly, unhealthily obsessed with grammar.

She had originally intended to strike out to New York City and work in the cutthroat magazine industry there, but after Katrina, Eve felt a strong pull to return home, to her roots, her family, her waterlogged and struggling city – and a much more forgiving work atmosphere that would allow her to skip a routine of everyday makeup and size 0 designer label business suits and enjoy the occasional cocktail or three with an absurdly fattening lunch. She moved back home in January 2008 and lives in Mid-City with her two daughters, Ruby and Georgia; her stepson, Elliot; and her husband, Robert Peyton.

Eve blogs about the joys and struggles of living in post-Katrina New Orleans, the unique problems and delights of raising a child in such a diverse and challenging city – including her experiences with the public education system – and her always entertaining and extremely colorful family.

Eve has won numerous writing awards, including the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for column-writing and Press Club of New Orleans awards for her Editor’s Note in New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and for this blog, most recently winning the award for "Best Feature Affiliated Blog."

She welcomes comments, advice, empty flattery, recipes, drink invitations and – most especially – grammatical or linguistic debates.

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