The kids are growing up way too fast, and I'm getting old as hell.
My wife got a call last week that seemed like it might change everything. The preschool run by the Very Large State University where I used to teach called to tell her that there were two spots for our girls, who are not quite three years old. The openings were available starting the first week of June, and if we didn't act now, we would probably not be offered them again this fall.
The VLSU preschool had been a longshot. It's a very popular program, and they offer a certain number of spots to children of college students, a certain number to children of faculty, and a certain number to regular old community members.
We had already more or less resolved to send them to a different preschool that the kids liked, that some of their friends would be attending, and that we were pretty okay with. There was some Jesus-talk happening at the school, which gave us pause; but everyone assured us that they only preached the lovey-dovey hippie Jesus stuff, not the "don't be gay or believe in evolution" kind. So we were cool with it. That school was going to start up in September.
But then we got the call. And I started trying to prepare myself. The kids would be spending two entire days per week with some really nice strangers in a really nice, cheery, light-filled, strange building, and a lovely, state-of-the-art outdoor area with vegetable gardens and beautiful playground equipment that was totally foreign to them.
And during this time, I would do...what, exactly?
But then I got another call from the VLSU preschool. There had been a misunderstanding. I had been faculty when we put the kids on the waiting list. The two available spots were for kids of faculty. I was no longer faculty. She would see what she could do, but it didn't look good.
Oh, well. At least I could avoid thinking about what I was going to do with my life for another couple months.
Then another phone call. They shuffled some things around, and our kids are once again welcome to attend the school! Starting next Tuesday! Yay!
It really does seem like the best school for them. We love pretty much everything about it. It's just that...it starts next week. I'm pretty sure the kids are ready for it. And my wife is ready for it. I still have some stuff to work out. In the next six days.