My 3 high school kids were set to go back to school today (Aug 17). It was a hybrid system. They awaited the announcement Tuesday of last week (Aug 12) to see what group they were randomly put in. All family members would land in the same group.
As Reg and I were leaving for Costco to adjust his beat up glasses, I saw an email from the high school saying the groups were posted. Once my kids knew their group, they would be texting friends to see if they were assigned the same group. The group dictated if you attended Tu/Fri or Mon/Thurs. It was a click this link and put in a code kind of email that I couldn't do at that moment.
I began to sweat. I suddenly remembered that there was an email a few weeks ago inviting parents to alert the school if you just wanted your kid to do 100% e-learning. Our kids were ready for hybrid, but I suddenly realized that I had never responded to the email. Sweat.
Would they automatically put my kids in the 100% e-learning group if I never clarified one way or the other? Hold that thought . . .
The visit before this Costco visit - also a sweaty one. Mini and I needed 6 things before leaving on vacation. Coach needed the car. Lad claimed he would be back in time with the other car that he had while working out, but that's like saying there is a 100% guarantee that the pandemic will end in 2 weeks.
Tank and Coach had a tee time because Tank was practicing for the golf team. Mini and I divided up our 6 items in the car on the way there. I reviewed the layout of the store. Did she know where everything was located? Yes, by jove she did.
I texted Coach: in the checkout.
We were good. Record time. We were patting ourselves on the back. I was walking away toward the door with my cart. Once again, I reached my hand out behind me for the baton-like hand off of the receipt. Um, no.
The checker stopped me. It expired.
Me: What? My Costco card? Can I renew next time. Kind of in a hurry here.
Checker: No, your debit card.
Me: *&%$#&^*(@! WTF?
I did not even know it could expire. The bank later claimed a new card had been sent to me, but our examine-incoming-mail system is incredibly inept. Had I known I was expecting a new card, I would have kept an eye out, made sure it didn't slip through the cracks. We are not ON crack, but we do have big cracks - so I missed the new card.
I bolted to my car for my wallet, because OF COURSE I went into the store with just my debit card and my Costco card and my 6 item list.
I am not one for carrying much cash on me. Kicked myself for just paying the library fine of near $20. I know, I know, we suck all around (sorting mail, losing glasses, returning shit late, responding to email). I found like $80 and the bill was $125. OMG - bad words tumbled over one another out of my mouth. Why oh why did I not organize my wallet while sitting around during the lock-down?
Then between two cards I found a $50. Mini and I raced back in the store, re-rung up and bolted for the the parking lot. We grabbed Coach dropped him at the course to meet Tank and listened to him mutter about Lad's inconsiderate behavior.
So on this Tuesday when I was in Costco with Reggie and his ill-fitting glasses, I was totally distracted by my fear of the kids at home checking the group and possibly discovering that they were assigned all e-learning, and that they would realize that this disaster was my fault.
|No photo of we in panic mode, but here's a fun one from vacation. Reg and Tank are under the water/in a wave. Ed standing up far right, and girls are together waiting for the next wave.|
I pulled in the driveway and Tank announced: We are in the B group, which rocks because all my friends are in the B group. People are arguing about which group is better. I think there's going to be a fight (this is Tank talk that family members have learned to ignore).
Me: **dabbing sweat off of my brow, like yeah, I didn't screw anything up** Oh, OK. Cool.
Mini's friends were all in the A group and she was beside herself.
Thursday night the board met. We heard earlier in the day that a nearby high school opted to go to all e-learning and we were worried our school would follow suit. New info about being within 6 feet of one another and crossing paths with the same kids more than 3 times a day, apparently adding up to more time than allotted for close contact, etc.
We got a message that night while we were all watching 'Deep Water' - great movie by the way. Our school switched to e-learning. 100%. For now. Mini cried. I mean she literally wept. My heart breaks for them.
Wear masks, divide the school in smaller classes as planned, but please let them be in school a few days a week. My kids are a social bunch, well - then there's Reg . . . a freshman who clings to egg cartons to elevate his social standing. He needs to meet a new crowd. Ed had a good group of 8th grade friends back in his day, who all went on to the same high school, but by graduation he had a whole new group. The greatest kids ever. How are freshman going to develop that from home? Tank is a senior, who hates school, but is literally dying to get back.
I started babysitting again. Last week I had the 5 mo old twins one day. This week it will be 3 days. I also have worst-baby-ever, who is 20 months now, 3 days a week, and the other little guy just one day a week till December when he comes 3 days a week. Where are my gang going to e-learn? Riddle me that? My upstairs is shut down come nap time.
Silver lining here: Curly's school still plans to go back 2 days a week. Curly is set for Tues/Thurs in school. With the new guidelines, they have pushed her start date back a full week. One more week of summer. Can you say sweet babysitting assistant? ** edited to add: Curly's school just announced last night that all classes will be on-line. Sadness.**
Curly is going to end up being a wet nurse. This 12 year old knows her way around a baby, or two. If there is one thing we don't suck at, it is babies. Seriously, I am super grateful to have an extra set of capable-Curly hands for these first few weeks.
Anyone else have a Costco experience that made you sweat? Kids that are 100% e-learning and bummed? Of have you seen Deep Water (which I keep calling Dark Water and it is making Tank come unglued) or another great movie to recommend?