We have now lived here for over 10 years. It is actually the longest I have ever lived in one place. Ever. Having said that I don’t actually know that many people in this city. I meet Hubby’s work colleagues occasionally and I know lots of parents from the kids’ respective schools but I don’t have that many friends who don’t fall into these categories. Actually even rewind that. I know very few parents from Bee’s High School as there are few functions to meet the parents and there were only 2 other girls from Bee’s previous school who went onto this high school.
I quite like feeling ‘anonymous’ here. As I didn’t grow up here I don’t really ‘fit’. I can easily go to the local mall and not expect to meet anyone I know. It’s refreshing -certainly having grown up in a small village I way prefer this way of life.
Yesterday I had some unexpected free time. Doesn’t happen often. Builders were lurking around at the house (ongoing looooong story – just don’t say ‘bathtub’. I decided to ‘treat myself’ or at least explore the possibility of ‘treating myself’ (sounds pervy) by seeing if I could get a facial or a massage. I didn’t fancy braving the traffic to my gym as I had no reason to be at that end of town. There are a few ‘drop in’ places for massages/facial treatments so I thought I’d just call and see if there was any availability. The first place couldn’t help. The second place were really helpful and the times just worked.
So I headed to the facial place and filled out forms and went into a treatment room. The lady who ‘worked on me’ was perhaps a little older than me. We chatted away..I mentioned my lazy skin routine, she said I had good skin and didn’t show signs of bags or wrinkles (yeeeah!)…. I spoke about my kids and especially Bee’s skin/eating habits. She mentioned having moved here from another State just last year and the climate change having played havoc with her skin. I mentioned Bee having psoriasis but the steps we have taken to improve this….she mentioned her step daughter and her skin issues…. we had a nice chat as she misted and sprays and cleansed and rubbed.
I mentioned Bee’s school and a few of the issues there. She shared how her step daughter had some friends with serious problems and how she tried to help. I mentioned Bee had really had a few busy weeks…her daughter too. I asked how the step daughter was settling in the new state… apparently she loves it….she had been worried about going to an all girls school but…… Bella had actually settled really well…
“Wait a minute..” I said, ” is she at ABC Academy?” (where Bee is at school – an all girls’ High School)…
The beautician replied that indeed Bella was…
“Not ANATOMY Bella????” I yelled?
Bee has an anatomy class with just one other girl…. named….Bella.
Our daughters are together in this one class!!! BEYOND a coincidence!!! It was then quite lovely to not only get pampered but to discuss the various trials and tribulations of the class (the life size skeleton they had had to cut out), the tests (various animal parts they’ve had to dissect)…..and the papers they have had to write. I know Bella’s grade is better than Bee’s but Bee was most put out as Bella (2 years older) had claimed that she always goes home in the afternoon and instead of studying watches a couple of hours of drivel TV. The beautician laughed and said she does indeed but studies at night.
It was really nice to connect with a new person who seems a lot more on my wave length than some of the other high school moms. But the chances of having met her with this connection, especially as it was so random to even find the spare time and call this place I had never used before….well it just struck me as all very unusual.
And we’re both counting down the days until Anatomy class is behind us!!!