I was at a P.E.O. meeting the other night. We were at this one sister's house, having our little meeting, and I was sitting there and couldn't help but notice the many photos on the mantle. Plus, there was a lovely watercolor just above the mantle of a couple of young girls sitting in the sun.
I need new glasses, but I'm holding out until the start of the year when our new vision plan kicks in. At that time, I plan to totally give in to joining Team Bifocal. They've been recruiting me for a while now, and it's time to answer the call.
Anyways, I was sitting there, and even in my state of visual impairedness, one of the girls in the mantle photos looked familiar, and one of the watercolored girls in the sun looked like a younger version of her. Once the meeting adjourned, I went up for a closer look. Lo and behold, I knew her. She was a student of mine earlier this year.
The woman whose house we were at did have the same last name of my student, but I didn't think that much of it as we rarely reference our last names. Plus, the student is Chinese, and this P.E.O. sister is about as Anglo as they come.
The photos showed family in various stages and ages, but another woman and I were looking and concluded that there were seven children in all. Four biological, three adopted Chinese girls.
I found our hostess in her kitchen and asked, "Are you Anna's mom??"
"Yeah, you know her?"
"She was a student of mine earlier this year", I replied, hoping her mother - my sister - didn't look at me as a money pit.
Lily, my sis, looked at my nametag, "Oh, you're the tutor!"
Occasionally, I'll have a high schooler who handles all of the correspondence and the setting up of meeting times, etc. on her own. I usually get at least one e-mail from a parent and they might show up to meet me for the first meeting, but I didn't think much of it when Anna handled all of the communication. Her account had made it through all the necessary hurdles, and when I did meet her, she came across as relatively mature and independent, so no biggie.
So we kinda laughed about not knowing about each other until then. "Nice to meetcha, Mom", "Nice to meetcha Tutor".
She explained, "I've never hired a tutor before. Since you met her at the library and she said you were good, I knew you weren't a creeper!"
Think I'll put that on my resume'.