8.26.2011

Nothing Like A Last Minute Phone Call ...

Today the girls had their student orientation at their respective elementary schools. Their two different elementary schools. Which has really bummed me out for the past several months.

See, when I came here in April for our pre-construction walk through, I stopped by the school and picked up the registration packets. Unfortunately the secretary told me then that the kindergarten through second grade classes were already near capacity for the fall, and there was a high probability that Sheridan wouldn't make it in.

Sadly, when we finally closed on our house last month, and drove straight to the school to register the girls, the bad news was confirmed. Sheridan was wait listed and would be attending the overflow elementary school four miles away. At that time, we were given the option to keep Riley enrolled at our local elementary school, or send her with Sheridan. It was a tough choice to split them up, but with the chance that Sheridan would move over to our local school sometime during the year, moving Riley over could prove problematic if the third grade classes were filled and then there wasn't room for her.

More. Tough. Decisions.

So I was a "Bitter Betty" at Riley's school today. Her big, beautiful, modern elementary school that I teared up in the minute I walked through the double doors.

We stopped in the front office, where I inquired about Sheridan's position on the wait list and were told that they don't have any answers. Sure, I could call them later in the day. But they had no guarantees this year. Or worse yet, next. I walked out and cried.

After Riley's orientation we then drove over to Sheridan's school where my inner bitchiness bitterness was starting to get the best of me. Again, I couldn't contain my tears as we walked through this older, well established school. Sure, it was fine ... I just couldn't wrap my head around sending Sheridan here. Alone. When all of her new friends and neighbors were going down the street.

We unpacked all of her school supplies. I told her teacher. I explained our situation and she empathized. She understood. I cried.

And after a long day of orientations, we left the school, hopped in the car, and headed to where we always do when I need a pick-me-up. Starbucks... where amazing things always seem to happen.

As I was walking in to grab another free drink, my cell phone rang. The woman on the other end was none other than the secretary at the local elementary school. Telling me that she can't believe it ... but she has a spot available for Sheridan and wanted to know if I wanted it.

Do I want it?

I screamed. I cried. I broke out in my best Elaine Benes inspired jig in the middle of the parking lot, and totally embarrassed the girls.

After I grabbed that free drink ... priorities ... we drove back to the overflow school and picked up the school supplies we JUST dropped off twenty minutes prior.

Now off to buy the school supplies for the new school, because you KNOW they had to be different than overflow.

And then to submit my letter to the school board requesting they change the bus stop. Because there's never a dull moment here ...


19 comments:

Emily said...

That makes me so happy for you guys.
Also, the Elaine inspired jig also makes me happy. Thank you for the visual.

Jen said...

Sheer awesomeness! So happy everything is falling into place!

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

A BIG Congratulations to you! What a relief that must be for all of you. You're right, there's never a dull moment in your life! :)

Take care,
Pam

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Such great news! What a relief. And you deserve to catch a break. This move has been brutal!

Twenty Four At Heart said...

I'm glad things worked out the way you wanted them. xo

Robin said...

Oooh, you lucky duck!

Mine are still in two different schools (for infinitely more complex and less interesting reasons), it's a challenge I could have lived without...

Christy said...

This made me tear up! And want to see you do your happy dance! YAYAYAY!!!!

Tara R. said...

Loved the image of you doing the Elaine dance. Congrats on getting both girls into the same school. That should be a lot easier for everyone. Good luck!

Shannon said...

Now that's a last minute phone call to be happy about!

Delhibound said...

of COURSE you are writing the letter re the bus stop! You go mama bear!!

So happy they will be together.

Joyce said...

Hooray! We had the same problem at our school too. The kinders who did not have older sibs already attending the school were all put on a lottery. We were fortunate to get Trinity in, but our neighbor had to go to the overflow school too. So sad that they are not together.

Shannon said...

Yay! So glad you got that last minute phone call. It will be so much better for the girls to be at the same school. And free coffee is always awesome.

Anna See said...

Yippeee! I am THRILLED for you guys!

Anna See said...

Yippeee! I am THRILLED for you guys!

Mom24 said...

So wonderful! Very happy for you.

Bfiles said...

wonderful news. so happy for you.

Issas Crazy World said...

I love that this worked out. Am curious about how they'd ask for different stuff, but oh well.

Headless Mom said...

Relief! How was the first day?

Loukia said...

Happy news. And yes - never a dull moment, huh?

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