Maggie informed us that she owes $20 to the school, because she lost a Greek Mythology book.
-How long has it been lost?
-I don't know, a couple of months.
-When did you check it out?
Why am I first hearing about it with two more days of school left?!
the power goes out. For hours and hours. During dinner I realize that the Bachelorette won't record on my DVR if there is no power. I promised myself that I wouldn't watch this season, but then my sister-in-law met this season's villain at her gym. Apparently he lives near my parents. He seems such a slime-ball. I decide to start taping it... just to see this play out. For fun. Right?
But it doesn't record. Maggie and I spend the next two hours with a lantern and two flashlights turning her bedroom upside down. We fill two paper bags up with garbage. Mostly paper and comics from under her bed. No book.
Maggie cries. She's saved up $26 for our trip to France when she turns 16 and she is devastated that she will only have $6 left. Part of me wants to save her. Another knows this will be a good lesson. She says, "I'm never going to check out a book AGAIN!"
We give up at 10 pm. Something about her needing some sleep before school. Rhett and I go into the front room to enjoy the dark and silence (and calm him down before bed). I am exhausted.
10:15 pm: the power returns. No book. No Bachelorette.
Coincidence? Or a good lesson?
I'll tell you after I watch the episode streaming online. And call the school librarian.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011