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Written by: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez
Several minutes went by with my son scouring the store for his treasured items. He asked one of the sales assistants for help looking at a video game behind the locked glass counter. She kindly showed it to him. As we were discussing the merits of its price and how it fit into his budget, the familiar gentleman approached us and introduced himself. The sales assistant remarked, "He's very friendly!" She obviously knew him and I figured he was a frequent customer. He said, "Hello! I'm Joshua!" I extended my hand in return and said, "Hi! My name is Mary." We shook hands and he smiled back. He then confidently announced, "I bet I can guess your middle name." I instantly remembered where I had first met Joshua! That one question, the way he asked, and the confident smile sparked my memory. So, do you think he guessed my middle name? First...here's the story I pulled from five years ago.
By Wednesday morning I still had not heard from the teacher, so I called the attendance secretary again. I let her know I had not yet heard from the teacher and was concerned because I did not want an unexcused absence to remain on Isabella's record. She recommended that I leave another voice mail for the teacher. I said I would, but that if I didn't hear back from the teacher by the end of the day I would like to schedule time to meet with the principal. Here's my concern: The district expects parents to inform the school of a child's absence in a timely manner or risk being reported to social services. If I take the time out of my schedule to determine the cause of a marked absence, then I expect the same courtesy in return.
An Unexpected Meeting