Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Ba-dum-pum!

Mia arrived late today. Mia has arrived late every day this week, but today was the latest ever - 9:30. Dad dropped her off in a flurry of apologies and explanations. She's had a cold, and it's making her sleep late, you see. Today she slept past 8:00. "Luckily," he says, "I have an extraordinarily flexible employer." I am so professional. I laughed only after he was gone...

12 Comments:

Blogger Bill said...

He also seems to have a an extaordinarily flexible daycare provider. (-:

Lucky him.

5/03/2006 10:14:00 AM  
Blogger LoryKC said...

You are one cool lady!

Poor dad just can't keep his stories straight!!!

5/03/2006 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger So-Called Supermom said...

Well Mr Flexibility---explain why you cant seem to come up with some sort of schedule for your ULTRA-flexible day care-ista!!!!! :)

5/03/2006 12:29:00 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Ha! What a flexible *story*! Best wishes for selecting a new family when Mia leaves. Hopefully the new folks will read the contract!

5/03/2006 12:46:00 PM  
Blogger aaron said...

Nice punchline -- it provides another example of what I love about reality. Namely, however funny fiction can be, no author is creative enough to come up with some of the hysterical things people say and do.

5/03/2006 12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Boliath said...

Poor Mia! My daycare won't take you in after 9am, it's a rule not to be broken. I've skidded in the door at 8:55 and been told off for it. But I know if I'm later than 9 he's coming to work with me that day, I've never been later than 9!

5/03/2006 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

Luckily, my daycare is quite flexible about start hours, and even think it's nice that I spend my Wednesday mornings off taking pumpkinpie to a music class to spend some time together.

But then again, I have never been late or used work as an excuse.

5/03/2006 03:00:00 PM  
Blogger snaars said...

Since when is a toddler responsible for getting herself up in the morning? Wake her up, Dad!

5/03/2006 04:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

If his employer is so extraordinarily flexible....
How come they had so much trouble picking her up every day!?!

Poor Mia! Her perents need to move her up a few notches on the priority chart!

5/03/2006 07:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

Wow...that dad doesn't sound like the brightest guy in the world. ;-)

5/03/2006 10:20:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Bill: Not any more, he doesn't. Well, not as of two months from now...

Lory: I think the employer is flexible. He's boasted about this before, many times. This week, he hasn't once gotten to work before 9:30 in the morning - no wonder he "can't" leave when I need him to! Seems that dad will take advantage of the flexibility for himself, but not for me.

ScSM: Well, honestly? About closing time, I'm not flexible. I'm very up-front about that when we interview. Flexibility about drop-off? Lots! Pick-up? Pick-up time is firm. I have my own family to tend to in the evenings.

LadyM: Indeed. Too bad he can't remember what he told me last time...

Aaron: True. I don't know if I have any talent for fiction, but, really, I don't need it!

Boliath: I'm fine with late arrivals. My only request is that if you're going to be later than 9, you call and let me know, because most mornings I take the children out. If you're going to arrive later, we'll need to arrange where you can meet us.

Kittenpie: I have parents do that sort of thing quite routinely. One mom did just as you all last year: Thursday mornings she and her son went swimming together. I think it's great. Parents can come and go with their children throughout the day, no problem: as long as they arrive on time at the end of the day!

Snaars: I had that thought, too. He completely misses the irony he threw at me in that short exchange: the "extraordinary flexibility" of his employer; the fact that this flexibility can only be used to cut dad some slack, not me; it's okay to be late to work because dad didn't want to wake his child, but it's not okay to leave "early", so he can be with the child while she's awake...

To be fair, she's had a cold this week, and he thought she needed the extra sleep. Though, had he thought it through, there's no reason she couldn't have an extra nap here.

Good think I enjoy irony!

Jennifer: Well, he can go in late, after all. I think what it is, is that once he's at work, it consumes him, he gets involved, he "can't" pull himself away. But as you say, it's a matter of reorganizing the schedule and prioritizing.

Jamie: Well, no, he's not. Even before this, I'd have said he's a nice guy, well-intentioned, but not exactly an A student. Which is fine, of course. We can't all be brilliant! He did kind of shoot himself in the foot this time, though, didn't he? ar,ar,ar...

5/04/2006 08:42:00 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Oblivious

5/04/2006 09:59:00 AM  

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