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Monday, March 16, 2009

Owa Tagoo Siam

Have you ever done this singing exercise?  It's really a joke, demonstrating proper diction.  Sing it long and stretched out, all on the same note, connecting the syllables.  That will give you the punch-line.  And the proper title of this post.


#1 is preparing for high school next year.  This is not necessarily the straight-forward process that it is for most kids.  (Read why here.)  So we got an email last week stating that the transition meeting would be held at the high school on the 16th and 17th from 8am to 3pm.  The two-day time frame of the meeting led me to believe that this was open-registration style.  Which made some sense, because that's pretty much what we're doing.

So first thing this morning, with a sick #2 at home with dad, who was now also responsible for making sure the little kids exited the house in time for their bus, #1 and I headed over to the middle school to check out and then to the high school.

Reaching the HS office, the secretary greeted us in a slightly confused fashion.  She's usually notified about the transition appointments.  Uh-oh.  Appointments.  I didn't actually have an appointment--just this meeting time.  But I was positive it was today--the 16th and 17th.  I was trying to imagine what dates I could have confused them with, but we are on spring break the 26th and 27th and I only received the notification on the 10th.  She called the HS resource person.  No answer.  The vice-principal answered, but had no good information.  She tried to call the middle school resource person.  No answer.  So she very kindly said, "Wait here.  I'm going on a walk."  

I decided to call Larry to have him check my email.  Machine.  But he called me back quickly at which point I was glared at, likely because of the sign on the office door that reads: No Cell Phones.  I answered anyway, and Larry began to read over the email, "blah-blah-blah, blah-blah-blah, April 16th and 17th."  What?  April?  Really?  Oh my goodness.  I am SUCH a dork.

So now, I had to explain to the student office assistant the situation, sending my apologies to the secretary through her.  I had to take #1 back to the middle school to check her in and explain there how I got the wrong month.  Talk about embarrassing.  It was in fact, a runner-up for a most embarrassing moment, except that everyone involved was so darned nice about it.  I'd made a comment to #1 in the car about what an idiot I am, and she even replied, "Mom, you're not an idiot!"  I appreciated the vote of confidence, but I must admit that in my head I vehemently disagreed.

At least I mistook the month for one earlier, rather than one later.  I'd rather look like an air-head than an uninvolved, unconcerned parent.

19 fishy comments:

CaJoh said...

And here I thought if I was an hour early to work because I didn't read the digital clock correctly I was embarrassed.

Good luck in a month with the whole ordeal.

Annette Lyon said...

I hate moments like this. They happen all too often to me too!

clan of the cave hair said...

ah yes, I have done this at the doctor's office before. So fun to feel dumb.

veronica said...

I hate it when that happens! Unfortunately for me, it's usually me forgetting an appointment all together!
Yes, that's me, the air-head parent!

SO said...

There must be something in the air today. I was an hour early for my dr.s appt. today. But at least it wasn't a month ;)

But at least you were trying to be there and on time.

Becky said...

That sounds like something I would do!

Jillene said...

I would NEVER do something like that--not ever (keep in mind that today is Not Me Monday all over the blog world).

Melanie J said...

Well, at least you found the bright side...

Heidi Ashworth said...

Hey, I can beat that! The other day I confused my facebook status line with the email box--so I wrote an email to one particular person in the box that everyone sees. . . yeah. . . it just goes downhill from where you are, kiddo!

rachel said...

This is so something I would do too!!
And in your head at the time it makes so much sense, doesn't it? There you are so conscientious and responsible and trying to do everything perfectly, and then BAM! Life sucker punches you...and you realize these are the hilarious moments that make up the majority of it :)

Lara said...

Sounds just like something I would do. In fact, just last week I planned my daughter's birthday party for the same time I was hosting book club. That was a fun day.

Becky said...

One year I celebrated Father's Day a whole week early. We were in church and I kept thinking, why haven't they said anything about fathers, for crying out loud!?

Diane said...

I do stuff like that all the time.

Melissa said...

Well played Mina, well played.

In fact, if you embarassed your child at all, you will have accomplished your first rite of passage for high school. : )

devri said...

I just forget all together!!

I love your new background!!!

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Anonymous said...

You make me laugh. I shouldn't laugh at you, because you could've had a much smoother morning without the confusion, but I can relate to the muddled brain. Hope #2 is feeling better soon!

Octamom said...

All I can say is, I'm glad I'm not the only one....

Love the new background!!! ;o)

Blessings!

Kelly said...

I hope the transition goes well for #1. I am 10 days away from #1 registrating for Kindergarten. I never thought I would be worried but I am. But come the end of summer I know I will be glad he is back in school no matter if I have to put him on a bus at 6:50AM!