It’s Not All Mary Poppins

FIRST IMPRESSIONS …

“HELLO, IS THAT MARY P?” Ouch. Lordy, this woman is loud.

“Yes, it is.” I move the phone a couple inches away from my stricken ear.

“I GOT YOUR NAME FROM AN AD IN THE COMMUNITY CENTRE?”

“Ah, yes.” I pull the phone another couple inches out. A loud mother is pretty likely to have a loud child.

“MY BABY IS NINE MONTHS OLD.”

Another couple inches. And can I really deal with this volume for the next three years?

“I’LL NEED DAYCARE FOR LATE JUNE…”

My ears are still ringing. My arm is almost straight out. No, I can not.

“AND I WAS WONDERING IF YOU WOULD HAVE ANY SPACES?”

I suppose I could prop the phone against the back of the couch… Or, I could just…

“I’m sorry, I’m fully booked for at least a year.”

“OH, THAT’S TOO BAD! WELL, THANKS ANYWAY! I GUESS I’LL JUST KEEP ON PHONING AROUND.”

“Sorry about that. Good luck!”

“BYE!”

Phew.

February 27, 2007 - Posted by | daycare, parents

5 Comments »

  1. Always thinking on your toes, aren’t you? 🙂

    Comment by laura | February 27, 2007 | Reply

  2. Maybe she was hard of hearing and could have taught you some of that sign language.
    When I talk to my Dad on the phone everybody yells.

    Comment by Peter | February 27, 2007 | Reply

  3. When my mother phones I usually leave the phone on the floor for most of the conversation & just pick it up eery now & then to say “uh huh”, “really? and “oh”:-)

    Sadly i can’t tel my mother that I’m busy for the next year or so.

    Or can I? 🙂

    Comment by juggling mother | February 27, 2007 | Reply

  4. I HEAR you on that one.

    She’s the last thing you want standing in your doorway at 7am on a weekday morning.

    Comment by Karen | February 28, 2007 | Reply

  5. Laura: This is not a new scenario for me. I’ve had a few very LOUD parents in the past, and their children have all be incurably LOUD, too. What I am now is experienced and not desperate for clients!

    Peter: Nah, she wasn’t hard of hearing. I was speaking in my usual moderate tones, and she could hear me just fine. She was calling from a cell phone, though, and I know people tend to bellow into those things. Well, some people do. LOUD people do…

    JugglingMother: Probably not. Though the system you have seems to be reasonably effective!

    Karen: Aha! The other caregiver GETS it. Heh. And at the end of the day, too. And all day long, through the voice of her child. Brrr…

    Comment by MaryP | February 28, 2007 | Reply


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