This is a post about a conversation had at my "place of employ". I don't know why I called it "Water Cooler Conversations". We don't even have one here. But you get the drift.
I work for two attorneys and I affectionately call them "My Two Dads". One of them, whom I like to call Special K, has been a step-dad but never really around babies or toddlers at all. So when I come to him with toddler matters, he usually looks at me like I'm speaking a foreign language. I guess to him I really am.
I went to him today about my preschool dilemma that I am facing come the fall. My current schedule really isn't going to give me much time to get to the school to pick up Bean in the evenings and I needed to begin negotiations with Special K and the Italian to see if they will work with me on this.
Pinkie: I need to talk to you about preschool.
Special K: Who needs preschool?
Pinkie: I do. No, on second thought, you need it.
Special K: Aren't there women out there that keep kids?
Pinkie: Yes, they are called mothers.
Special K: No. Aren't there women who are always looking for kids to keep in their homes?
Pinkie: Are you talking about that lady in Hansel and Gretel? That's not the ideal situation I'm hoping for.
Special K: Can't you contact some churches out there and ask them if they know of any women that keep kids?
Pinkie: Hello Reverend! Do you know where the Old Lady in the Shoe lives?
Special K: There are these women...
Pinkie: I'm not looking for these women. I've already found where I want her to go. I want her to go to the same place she's currently going to.
Special K: But then you don't get here until 9:30 in the morning.
Pinkie: And....? Your point is???
Special K: Can't you drop her off earlier?
Pinkie: I'll have to talk to the director of the school. I don't know exactly how they do all that during regular school but I don't think so.
Special K: You can't just leave her there early?
Pinkie: By herself? Just put her on their doorstep and tell her to wait?
Special K: Yeah, well, don't they have some place you can put her that's safe until they open?
Pinkie: Are you talking about something like a drop box for kids?
Special K: Yeah! Something like that. There ought to be something like that.
Pinkie: And I'll have a key to it and the teacher will have another one.
Special K: Exactly. This is a great idea! Why don't they have stuff like that?
Pinkie: I don't know. There could be drop boxes on every corner with kids in them. You could do franchises.
Special K: Yeah. What would you call it? You'd have to come up with some kind of kid name for it. Kid Box. Something like that.
Pinkie: Oh, I know. What about Kiddie Koops?
Special K: Yes!!!! Somebody really should do that. It's a great idea.
The man's a genius. I see now how he's come so far in life.