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It was a long day. I had to drop the boys at a friend's house then get Christy to Wakefield Hospital by half past seven this morning, for her arthroscopy. It went well, she went up to theatre at about half past eight and was back in the room about an hour later and was ready to get up and leave by half past ten! She's been great all day, even came to the pool to coach her flippaball kids! I'm impressed, considering she had a general anaesthetic and all, and is in a sling.

So I have two children in slings. We dropped in for a glass of wine with friends on the way home from the pool, and Christy told Asher not to walk in right behind her as they'd look like dorks with both their right arms in slings!

And it was GREAT not going to school today. While Christy was in theatre, I sat in the big Laz-I-Boy chair with my feet up and actually did some thinking about Breathing Space, for the first time all term. I think because I had no other thing to do, no pressure, no marking or hosuework or lesson planning, just had to sit there. So I made notes. It felt good. I need days like that, really. And a space to go sit in where there are no jobs to do. I must finish our spare room, it could be that space.

And OMG I have to share this with you, and Andrea, if you read this, you'll have to just shake your head in dismay!!! My friend at my old school, well, she went with the principal in her car to speak to one of the mothers up the hill at their home. Now this mother wasn't home so they left again. The mother is from another culture and wears a headscarf. As they drove back down the hill, the principal cries out, 'there she is!', stops the car and jumps out to hug this woman. The woman seems friendly and hugs her back. My friend is a little confused, she didn't think she recognised the mother. But she didn't say anything, because young Samoans are not encouraged to voice their doubts with an elder, after all. Anyway, after a little confusion, they convince the woman to get in the car and go back home to talk about her son. But when they pull up at her house, she says, 'I don't live here.' COnfused, the teachers drive to her house nearby according to her directions. The woman insists on making a big pot of jasmine tea and they 'chat' although the teachers feel like something might be wrong... can't quite establish if they're in the right house. Finally at the end of the pot of tea, the woman is mentioning some other children's names. The teachers leave, and my friend is totally embarrassed, she knows it wasn't the right mother. Yeah, sure enough, it was the mother of some children who briefly attended our school (before that principal even started) then left to another school down the road!!! OMG! The poor mother was hijacked by teachers she doesn't know from a school her children don't attend. Now how on earth can someone communicate so badly that they could intimidate a parent into serving afternoon tea to strangers?!!! Heh! I have to admit I laughed and laughed, but at the same time, it's so insensitive to assume that the only slim Afghani woman in a headscarf out on the street just has to be the woman you're looking for... *snort* that damn school... I think it needs to be blessed. Maybe lift some tapu. Get a tohunga in. And a priest. And an imam. And a rabbi for good measure.

Okay, really must go to bed. Have a great day, my friends.

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natesmountain
Sep. 15th, 2007 11:26 am (UTC)
-Good grief, yes! Though it is funny.
Yeah, you have to see the funny side in all that ridiculousness!
vivh
Sep. 14th, 2007 03:40 pm (UTC)
How can something like that incident with the mother happen? A school is a community... surely they would recognise the woman's face or is all that they see the headscarf??? (I mean that metaphorically not literally...) I never found it hard to distinguish between women wearing headscarves... it all in eyes! But to accost somebody, anybody, like that in the street would be very rude unless you are good friends, and clearly that is not the case here....I find it just incredible!!
natesmountain
Sep. 15th, 2007 11:25 am (UTC)
-But to accost somebody, anybody, like that in the street would be very rude unless you are good friends, and clearly that is not the case here....I find it just incredible!!
Yeah, you're absolutely right. What an incredible situation!
suilven
Sep. 14th, 2007 08:57 pm (UTC)
A doctor friend of mine once persuaded a woman to come in and have a kidney transplant. It was in the days of pre mobile phones and pre transplant coordinators. Patients on the programme had bleeps and this night the team had a kidney for a patient on the list. Bleeping the woman hadn't worked so this doctor was phoning around trying to track her down. Eventually he tracked her to a local working man's club.

He told her about the kidney and she replied, "Eee hinny, that's really nice of you but I don't think I need one" To cut a long story short he persuaded her to come into the hospital for the kidney. Only at the very last second of the call did it dawn on him that he had the wrong lady, yet here she was, this woman with no history of kidney problems, all about to go into hospital to see about this new kidney.

Glad Christy's arthroscopy went well.
natesmountain
Sep. 15th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
-Only at the very last second of the call did it dawn on him that he had the wrong lady, yet here she was, this woman with no history of kidney problems, all about to go into hospital to see about this new kidney.
OMGOMG imagine that! That'd be so crazy!!!
moth2fic
Sep. 15th, 2007 09:49 am (UTC)
I think both scenarios - the pair of dorks in slings, and the hijacking of the mum - would make fabulous starters for short stories and you should write them!!!
natesmountain
Sep. 15th, 2007 11:28 am (UTC)
-would make fabulous starters for short stories and you should write them!!!
That's one hell of an icon. And one hell of a challenge! I could write a series of stories about that school, of course, if I could change the details slightly, huh!!!

The dorks in slings... hee! Now that would open another whole can of writing worms!
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