Today is “Go-Live” day. After 24-hrs immersion training, I’m taking over — ready or not. The assignment is 5 nieces between 3rd and 10th grade for 10 days in a town I’ve only visited for holiday feasts before. I’m memorizing school and sports schedules, friend, teacher and parent names, food preferences and routines, protocols for school drop-off and pickup, etc. All this in between expeditions to grocery store, pharmacy, and yoga studio to imprint the town layout. The evening was capped off with staggered meals around a high school pep rally, a soccer game in freezing temps and ridiculously difficult 6-grade math problems.
My phone is loaded up with a whole new set of contacts and links to school websites. Authorization letters have been put on file at the schools. We’ve been educated on all the querks of the house infrastructure. The master schedule is taped to the fridge. Lift-off is just a couple of hours away, when the parents board a plane to Peru. Yikes! I hope I’m ready!
It doesn’t seem that long ago that my own life was bubbling over with the chaos of school aged kid stuff. The fun of it is the unpredictability and spontaneity. I’ve forgotten lots of details. Did you brush your teeth? Yes, you must wear a jacket today … it’s below freezing! Text me when the bus gets back from the play-off game tonight….
What I learned today was:
- small town traffic is what heaven will feel like for someone from Houston
- mothers of 5 children should be recruited for event planning or army logistics when they become empty-nesters – they will kill the competition
- if kids in 6th grade are really doing these math problems, we are definitely going to be able to be able to solve global warming and world hunger — there is hope!
Looking forward to what comes next. Wish me luck!