So my kid is going to a new school this fall. It turns out she’s kind of smart, and they cloister these smart kids in an enclave to keep them out of trouble.
The school is one that we’ve been to before, for toddler/preschool story times put on by the county extension or something. We knew of them through a friend that I’d met taking Delia to story times at the library. His daughter Julia was within a month of my daughter’s age, and we met at the library pretty often and had occasionally exchanged babysitting and the like. He lived near this school and his wife worked there as a classroom aide or something. I’d lost touch with him and hadn’t seen them in probably five years. Rumor was they had moved away.
Despite the crummy summer cold I’m afflicted with, which seems to be crawling resolutely into my ears, we went to the school tonight for the “meet your teacher” night. I don’t remember ever having those when I was a kid — you just showed up on the first day, lost and alone, and were deeply traumatized as God intended. Now they get to go in the night before and put their stuff in their desks and meet the other kids and eat ice cream or hot dogs or whatever. This generation has it so easy.
When we got there, one other little girl had already arrived. I was still getting my bearings when suddenly her mother looked at us and gasped, “Is that Delia?!” And there they were. Julia is in Delia’s class and they will be sitting next to each other. They don’t really remember each other, but they were buddies once and perhaps they will be again.
Whole thing just keeps blowin’ my mind.