Back when Meego was in third grade, and I was a pretty regular volunteer mom (VoMo), the other VoMos and I shared duties with a mom who became known as "Cookie Lady".
In fact I remember the party where she earned that name. I think it was either the Winter -don't call it Christmas- party, or the Valentine's Day love fest. The kids were all going to decorate large sugar cookies. Another VoMo friend and I just had to help them with the various toppings because Cookie Lady had made all of the cookies and supplied all the fixings.
VoMoing was super easy with Cookie Lady in our classroom. I really think she just loved doing that stuff - being a school mom and all that went with it. That's what I told myself anyways to assuage my guilt for not doing much, but SHE said!
Meego's fourth and fifth grades sent me back to the grind as Cookie Lady's son was in different classrooms.
So I was a bit surprised to have a voicemail today from Cookie Lady. I really don't know her that well outside of VoMo duty, and last we were in the trenches together was five years ago. But there was the voicemail.
"Hi Abby, I got your number from an old Hoopa Choopa Elementary directory..." She went on to say that her oldest son is a high school senior and wants to raise his college test score a few points, would I tutor him?
So here I am, on dumb Friday. I've survived my first week back to college, and am feeling pretty good about things. I've managed to keep my head above water even with the full tutee slate. But I'm REALLY looking forward to having that slate wiped clean in about three weeks when the current tutee batch takes their tests and is done with me.
But it's Cookie Lady. How could I say no? I don't even know how she knows I'm a tutor of such things.
He's taking a later test and doesn't need to start right away. He's just one kid. It's Cookie Lady.
Fine. Yes. Of course.
But he's it. I swear!
In the meantime, it's been a fun if busy week. My homework's done, I've been fingerprinted and background checked up the ying yang, I have a nice undergrad for elementary teaching partner, a nice young mom for middle school teaching partner, and have met both of my mentor teachers and some students.
I've also come close a couple of times to beating the Queen of the Mountain on one of the mapmyride courses on my bicycle commute.
I will be Queen!!
But first... Cookie Lady.