Friday, January 30, 2009

How it goes

The Boy didn't make it yesterday. I had a feeling the rainy day might mess up his good record. Miss K stepped out the room long enough to take a bathroom break and my son decided he was not happy with her stand-in. He had an issue and lost his sticker for that activity. He knew. When I picked him up, he knew that banana split was out of his reach for that day. I told him he would have to work extra hard today and see if he could get all those stickers. Hopefully, he'll be able to pull it off today.

Today is Show & Tell and Pajama Day at his school! Man, that's some living right there, isn't it? Power Ranger walkie talkies were chosen as worthy to be shown to friends. He awoke before I did and informed The Man with eyes bright and excited, "DAD! IT'S JAPAMA DAY!" Now, how could I not blog that? By the time he left for school, he was pronouncing the word right, but it was so cute when he first said it. Laundry got away from me this week. I was so relieved when The Man found the super dooper awesome Bat Man japamas in the clean clothes. Score, Mom!

Our class was successful this week. One young new wife made all those hours I've contributed to this session so worthwhile. During one break, I was speaking with someone when I saw her almost skipping up to me. She told me that she had really decided not to come to class and NOT TWO MINUTES before I called to verify her attendance, she had told her husband she doubted she would come. Then I called. (dum dum dum) She said after talking with me and how I laughed and chatted, she decided to "try it" one night. She grinned then and said, "I LOVE this class! I'm so glad I came! Thank you so much for being so nice on the phone!" She was so happy and enthusiastic. She even went so far as to sign up to volunteer where ever we needed her with future sessions. I almost cried. I jumped up from my seat and hugged her tiny self and told her, "No, THANK you for coming! You just made my night!" That's what it's all about. She has knowledge under her belt. She has power now. Now, she has the resources to help herself instead of depending on her husband to find her answers when he either: 1. doesn't know where to ask himself, 2. doesn't have time to find it because of work, 3. doesn't understand how important it is for his wife to know something, or 4. isn't home to help her in a time of need. It all came down to someone being nice on the phone. That's not hard at all to do. I enjoyed speaking with each of them when I called to verify attendance. I tried to make sure I spoke with each lady individually and look them in the face during the session. I made my presentations personal with my own experiences, which is so very important. I totally scored some new friends on Fac*book!

I might also be famous for a minute (if only in my own mind!)! The base newspaper reporter stopped by to take some pictures and get an interview or two about the session. I was chosen as the Mentor interview this time. Funny thing is, I know the reporter somewhat and we ended up chatting about other stuff around the base without doing a bona fide interview. I invited him to eat supper with us and as we were walking towards the kitchen, he stopped and said he needed a quote! Out came the recorder and Miss Hope spun a few words and all was done. We like to show him our appreciation for his time and in turn he always gives Compass a good spin, complete with pictures, in the paper. I can't wait to see how this article turns out!

Today is my day off. Seriously and literally. I intend on making no special efforts except maybe a load or two of laundry and if you don't watch out? I'll never progress further than some jogging pants and a t-shirt. I am mentally and physically exhausted. My feet are killing me and brain cramps abound. It's all worth it in the end. My house cleaning must be addressed. Tomorrow. Tomorrow sounds good. I think I'll be Scarlet O'Hara today and worry about it all tomorrow.

Stay warm, Internets, if you're up North. If you need a break, head South. We're pretty smooth this way!


Monogram Queen said...

I love that you inspired someone, were that we could do that each and every day! You are good people Hope - that's what drew me to you!

Oh and the boy will totally get those stickers rocking the batman japamas today! (i love it!)

Bonita said...

Sounds like a good plan for today! The compass wore me out i can't imagen how you feel you did a ton more than i did.
Now is the count down for the next class.
I hope the boy does good today! Sounds like it should be a fun day for him.

Anonymous said...

Ma a a a a a n! I was looking forward to that banana split!!!!! Little guy will do it eventually! "japamas" -- that is just too darling for words and I'm glad you shared.

Now, I'll be surfing the paper Miss Popularity (as soon as I can see that is) LOL. Have to get JD to look for it for me. :)

Busy Texas Dee said...

Sorry to hear the Boy didn't get his banana split today. Poor guy. I can only imagine how disappointed he was. At least he knows he has something to look forward to if he gets all his stickers.

I'm glad your Compass program went good for you. That is so cool that you were able to inspire someone. I know that makes you feel good. I'm proud of you.

Lishak said...

You deserve a good day of rest. You always do such a good job. It is obvious that you put a lot of yourself into the prep for Compass.

I just came back into town tonight. I brought my grandma with me. I'm picking up hubby's car to take to SC. I'm gonna sell that sucker while he's gone! lol ps he approves. :)

ronee said...

great week! i am off to chicago..i will try and stay warm!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Hope,
Thank you so much for visiting my blog and entering my very first giveaway. I really do appreciate your kindness. You're children are beautiful!

Please know you're always welcome anytime.
~Have a wonderful week.
~Melissa :)

Michelle said...

no pictures of the boy in his japamas:( Hopefully the Batman power will help him get that Banana Split...Aunt Chelle will buy him one if it doesnt!

Glad your Compass was a success!