The girl had plans with a friend after her final today – they were going to hang out at said friend’s house. Perfect for me, as it meant I could grab her at regular time.
Well, as it happened, the friends mom apparently came home in a bad mood and turfed my girl out of the house so they could deal with family issues.
The problem with this is we live 20 minutes out of town and suddenly my girl was standing in the rain at the park calling me.
Frustrated with that mom? You have no idea. But we needed to problem solve.
I sent her to The Hub, which is the local coffee shop. We have spent many hours hanging out there waiting for one or the other of the monsters to finish a school activity. It’s warm, welcoming, and a good safe place to be.
The girl walked in, explained that she lived out of town and was unexpectedly stranded and asked if I could give a payment over the phone so she could buy a drink and wait.
He told her to grab her drink, wait for me, and that I could just pay when I got her.
When I picked her up, he made a point of saying that anytime she needed to hang out there she was more than welcome.
It takes a village. It really does. I try to be one of those adults who looks out for other people’s kids, and I sure appreciate the adults who look out for mine.