It’s Not All Mary Poppins

I’d call this ‘natural consequences’

We had a holiday here on Monday, Family Day. I didn’t take it last year, but I carefully wrote it into the contracts for this year, so hurrah!, I had Monday off.

But of course, I have a contract-free family, don’t I? Mom approached me last Thursday at the end of the day.

“SO ABOUT MONDAY,” she bellows. Really. If she were one of the kids, I’d be saying “I’m right in front of you. You don’t need to shout.” She’s an adult, so I can’t do that, but every time she opens her mouth, I’m wincing.

“IT’S FAMILY DAY. ARE YOU TAKING IT?”

I tell her I am.

“BECAUSE I DON’T GET IT, AND I DON’T KNOW ANYONE WHO DOES.” So she says, but she’s wrong: about half the other daycare parents get it. (Family Day is a new holiday, and only made it to Statutory last year. Oddly, not everyone does get it. However, it is now a stat.)

“I didn’t take it last year, but it’s in the contract now.”

“BECAUSE YOU DIDN’T NOTIFY US OR ANYTHING.”

Blink.
Blink.
Blink.

Let us stop and take in the enormous gall of that statement, shall we? I didn’t notify them. As Emma said later, “You didn’t notify her of a one-day STATUTORY holiday. She didn’t tell you about her PREGNANCY for FIVE MONTHS. Helloooooo…” For five months, and even then, I had to ask.

I didn’t notify them. Oh, gracious.

But, you know, it made me a bit worried. I normally do give people a head’s-up, and I certainly don’t want anyone blind-sided, scrambling for alternate care at the last second.

So the next morning:
Me: You know that I’m taking Monday?
Parent 1: Oh, we figured you were. No problem.

Good. One down.

Me: Just confirming you’re aware that I get Monday?
Parent 2: Oh, sure. And really — it’s kind of ironic to send kids to daycare on Family day, I always think. I was saying to my sister…

(Parent 2, god love her, is a rambler. But she’s not surprised by the holiday, which is what I wanted to know.)

Me: Just double-checking. You know I’m taking Monday?
Parent 3: Well, we weren’t sure, actually, since only one of us gets it and we weren’t here last year, but we checked the contract. That’s fine. Yeah, yeah. Fine.

We weren’t sure, so we checked the contract.” Yes, exactly. That’s what contracts are for. Thank you for saying that, wonderful, wonderful Parent Number Three.

I’ve had two interviews for my upcoming June space, and another scheduled for next week. Keep your fingers crossed for me!

February 16, 2010 Posted by | parents, Peeve me, the dark side | 19 Comments