Actually, we have yet to move, but we’ve begun going around neighborhoods with notebook and pen, and jotting down the phone numbers for potential rentals. One of the reasons we want to move is so that Susie is closer to her new school, St. Mary Magdalene, which she starts on Monday (as a fifth-grader). (I’ve become the classic liberal: I’ll talk your ear off about how wonderful public education is… for other people’s children.)
We’ve been to one house today, and it needs major work, even after its current tenants move out. There was coagulated food on the counter, the whole place smelled like dirty laundry and cigarettes, the bathtub will have to be completely regrouted, light fixtures were hanging by a single wire from the walls. The woman who lives there now (who will be taking a new job out of state in 1-2 weeks) told us how the landlord is very good about repairing things and having Orkin come in to spray for bugs, but that place needs a major overhaul before we will even consider it, and Steph plans to tell him that. She’ll tell him that he should not even show the place until after it’s been fixed up.
It’s a shame, too, because we would like to be this close to the school. The layout is about the same as where we live now, so setting the place up would be easier. (I hate the idea of the move itself: I wish we could just gather everything in one room and beam it over to the new house.)
I saw the inside of St. Mary Magdalene for the first time Thursday night, for orientation and buying gym uniforms, planners, etc. inside the gym. I only caught a brief glance of the classrooms themselves, but I’m sure we’ll get the low-down from Susie after school Monday.
Yesterday marked the end of the first week of switched hours at work. In my three years working for the Industrial Commission (I marked three years yesterday), I’ve always worked 8-4:45 p.m. Last week I switched to 7-3:45 p.m., mainly to lessen the time Susie will have to spend home alone once she’s done with school.
Since the Columbus Public School’s buses are so unreliable (the schedules have not been mailed to parents!), we’ve decided Susie is going to ride the COTA bus each day. It’s reliable, and it drops her off about two blocks from her school. In the previous school handbooks, it said the students were forbidden to bring cell phones to school. Thursday night, Steph and I spoke to the priest there, and explained the public-transportation situation. I told him we insist that Susie have her cell phone while she’s on the bus. During school, she could keep it with her teacher or at the office, shut off. He understood our plight, and showed us the policy had changed. Cell phones have to stay turned off during school, but kids can have them. (Otherwise, there are hassles about getting rides home, or parents calling to say they’re running late, etc.)
Susie is excited to be going to school… something I never was.