I told Elf that he will need to have skills like learning to wait for the bus and how to deal with people in crowds. And can you try this next year? Dad would really like you to give it a good shot. Elf took a big breath and said, "Yes. I can go. But... I would rather stay home with you." Aww, Elf. I'm sorry. It's been almost four whole years that he has been homeschooling. We can try to do things Dad's way next year. I know it will be hard. But I want him to be ABLE to do it. Wouldn't that be nice? To be ABLE to do it? I would miss Mr. McMelfie terribly, though. D wasn't that excited about the nail clipping revelation. He should have been able to do that years ago, he said. Siiigh. Well... maybe. But I am glad that he is able to do this by himself now.