service with a smile

Ben is taking the ACT today–ack! right now!– and for the last few years we’ve been kindly and gently reminding him that his college entrance, career, future happiness and most likely the fate of the entire universe hinge on this one test.

As my nerdy and dutiful son he’s spent many an hour on taking practice tests and simultaneously chatting on Facebook. This morning he was up bright and early for the 8 a.m. exam and I gave him a bleary eyed farewell.

At 7:59 the phone rang, “Mom, I need my calculator. It’s in my backpack. Can you bring it right now?”

With no time to grab a coat or shoes I ventured into the snowstorm(which thankfully canceled every soccer game today) and limped breathlessly, calculator in hand, into the high school where the test was about to begin. Spying me from the end of the hall the proctor called, “You’d better run!”

But I couldn’t, so I hop shuffled to her side where she said, “You can take the calculator to your son but I have no way of determining which classroom he’s in.”

So I lunged toward the first doorway, waving the precious instrument, searching the room for Ben. No luck. And the next. And the next. And the next. And you probably won’t believe me, but 14 classrooms later at the very end of the hall I finally spied Benji in all his nervous glory.

The classroom proctor chuckled out loud at my appearance and I quipped, “Yeah, I know I look really cute.”

Because this is what the entire junior class of Skyline High saw this morning:


At least my toenails look nice.

April 2, 2009



  1. jennie w.

    April 4, 2009

    That’ll teach him not to forget his stuff! ha ha!

  2. Christie

    April 4, 2009

    The only thing wrong with this post is the fact that you have snow. On the ground. In April.

    You really are cute early on a Saturday morning, my friend.

  3. StakerSensations

    April 4, 2009

    what a good mom you are. And I think you look fabulous just as a tired, not feeling so well, mom should! Good for you!!!

  4. twoelves

    April 4, 2009

    Hah! I was about to say the exact comment about your pretty toe nails, but you beat me to it with your last line. Truth is, you look great anyhow!

  5. Tracy

    April 5, 2009

    So funny – I noticed your hot toenails before I read your last line. They are looking mighty fine – and so are you! xoxo,t

  6. Brooke

    April 5, 2009

    super cute. and i LOVE the toenails.


  7. wendy

    April 5, 2009

    Oh you look darling! And I love that you took a picture.

  8. Sharlee

    April 5, 2009

    There’s a lot more that’s cute there than your toenails, dear!

    My son took the ACT yesterday too. Helicopter mom that I am though (you know, always hovering), I had everything laid out for him the night before: calculator (with brand new batteries), three sharpened no. 2 pencils, printed ticket, ID, and two granola bars. I’m such a dork. I even played Mozart for him while he ate his breakfast! (I know, I know . . . )

  9. Courtney

    April 6, 2009

    I wish I could look that good when I leave in a hurry!

  10. Michelle Tall-Vilensky

    April 6, 2009

    It’s official–Michelle, you are the best mom—EVER!

  11. martha corinna

    April 6, 2009

    Your toe nails do look hot!

    You actually look tons better than I do most days after I have taken the time to get ready.

  12. Michelle

    April 7, 2009

    Your HOT!

  13. Jan Russell

    April 8, 2009

    I have those same slippers, and I never take them off! Well…maybe in a snowstorm…you are adorable!

  14. Reluctant Nomad

    April 10, 2009

    You rock

  15. Coach A.

    April 21, 2009

    3 cheers & a big =)
    Awesome lady!!

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