How total saps select the right schools for their children

by CountryFriedMama on January 25, 2011

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We sat in the elementary school media center surrounded by other prospects.  Customers.  Parents so eager to do right by their kids that they willingly spent a Sunday afternoon at what was essentially a marketing pitch.

Miss D. was off with a bunch of four-year-olds who might become her classmates, having her picture taken with football players and debate team members and playing games with teachers who were so upbeat one might fear they were medicated.

The Belle was with us, and she was antsy.  She tuned in for the sleek promotional film, but the speeches did not interest her.  As the headmaster welcomed us, as the admissions rep talked about IQ tests and observed playgroups, as a mom got up to share what this school had meant to her kids, Country-Fried Daddy took out his phone to distract The Belle with photos.

They were old pictures, and yet not old at all — a year or two.  There was Miss D. the day she had her first haircut.  There she was in a restaurant with ketchup all over her face (a rounder, babier face than she has now).  There she was pushing her infant sister in a swing.

The Belle swiped her finger across the phone screen and the pictures went by faster and faster.  At the front of the room, a teenage girl was talking about the mentoring program between seniors and kindergarteners.  A five-year-old in a plaid jumper stood silently at her side.

I sat in my seat, surreptitiously swiping at tears and berating myself for being such a damn sucker. I cried at a gigantic commercial.  Oh yes, I did.

And then I came home and put the application in the mail.

My baby wore her favorite puppy dog sweater   and leggings to tour kindergartens — cutesy clothes that I suspect will soon be on my “Remember When?” list.
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January 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

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bubbe January 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I cried at your college orientation (and I didn’t notice anyone else crying). I forgot that until this very moment.

Love the outfit!!


Stacia January 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I just watched a YouTube video made by a prospective Romanian preschool. I cried. And I didn’t even understand a word they were saying. But when you know, you know, and the application will soon be in the mail.

PS: Perhaps Miss D. needs a real dog to go with that cute doggy outfit?? =>


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