Today was one of the worst Mondays of my life. Especially considering it’s a Thursday. It didn’t start off too bad. I knew I had a meeting at 8:30, it was on the calendar “8:30 – Meeting”. No problem. I start work at 8:30 and Thursdays are always monthly Staff Meeting day so I got ready for work and made sure I was there a little early. It’s frowned upon to walk in late while the CEO is talking, I know, I’ve done it.
So at 8:20 this morning I’m sitting in the parking lot at work, very proud of myself, when my phone rings. It’s my mom. “Holly, did the school call your cell phone?” Uh, no. “Well, Janice from Alexi’s school called to ask if you were on your way to the meeting.” What meeting?
Whoa, the school? Think, Holly, think – there’s no staff meeting today, the staff meeting was last week. I remember, I was there. “Thanks, mom. I got it.” I run inside tell my supervisor that a meeting’s been called about Alexi and I’ll be back ASAP. I jump in the van and dash off to the school, arriving only a few minutes past 8:30. OK, not great, but not bad.
In the office, Janice, the school secretary, who is amazing by the way, looks at me and asks what’s up. I tell her I’m here for the meeting about Alexi. She stares at me blankly. “Who with?” I tell her I don’t know but someone from the school called the house and talked to my mom. Janice looks at me like I’ve lost my mind (I get that look a lot) and starts rattling off the names of who the meeting might be with. The Learning Support Teacher isn’t there, Alexi’s classroom teacher has no clue what I’m talking about and neither does the VP.
I call mom and she said she was sure it was Janice from Alexi’s school. Janice tells me she didn’t call my house and she would never play a prank like that on my mom. At this point I just shrug my shoulders and head back to work. When I pull into the parking lot there’s another message on my cell from my mom. “It was Rian’s school that called. The caller didn’t identify themselves but the number on the call display is Rian’s school.”
Before pulling out of the parking lot I call Rian’s school and sure enough, someone there did call my house. I put the van in drive and dashed off to Rian’s school. It’s only 8:45, only 15 minutes late. No big deal. I rush into the office and am escorted to the meeting room where Rian’s teacher, the Principal, the VP, the Learning Support Teacher and the Board Psychologist were all waiting for me. That’s when I remembered scheduling the meeting and thinking it wouldn’t be a problem to rearrange my work schedule. Yeah, I love my Etch-a-Sketch brain.
The meeting was a review of the testing Rian underwent this term, including speech and language testing and IQ testing. What I remember being said (I’m really grateful that I was always receive copies of the results) was that Rian is very intelligent, but is delayed emotionally and socially. This is no surprise to me, but now that it’s down on paper we can start accessing the right services to help her. They’ve also asked me to have her assessed at CPRI for Austism.
Know what I learned today? Aside from the fact that I need to write more detailed notes for my calendar, I learned that when a frrozen pizza is left in a 400F oven for over an hour on a baking stone it will not set the smoke alarm off. It just keeps baking and baking and baking until it looks something like this –
Know what else I learned today? Those baking stones are really hot and you can burn yourself on them.
Yup, definitely a Do-Over kind of day. But as the beloved Canadian author, L.M. Montgomery, said through her precocious Anne Shirley, “Tomorrow’s a brand new day with no mistakes in it.” Thank God!