I thought I would let everyone know how things are going.
- The CPS investigation interview went well. The girl was young and, according to my Teacher Association rep, told us way too much about what was called in, what they are looking at, etc. She could see that this was the mother's way of attempting to get the school transfer for her son that she wanted. The JCTA rep expects it to be dismissed.
- I met with my principal. She isn't forcing me to switch positions, but it is strongly suggested. And the conditions are much more favorable than I first thought. So, it looks like I will be switching by the end of the month. The best part: I can still be a part of my students' lives under the new situation. I had thought I would have to back way off so they would transfer better to a new teacher. But it looks like they are combining my class with the older EBD class upstairs, and I work well with that teacher.
- Larry: The visitation is tonight and the funeral is tomorrow. Which means I will have to miss the school-wide field trip with my class, but I have enough parents going with us that it should be a ratio of 1 adult to 2 students. And the most unpredictable child in the bunch has his dad going with us! I spoke for a long time with Vicki, Larry's daughter (who is only 7 years younger than I am). She is worried about funeral expenses and apparently Larry's second wife ( I was #3), who is his son Matthew's mother, is being kind of bitchy about Matthew pitching in. My parents are sending them some money, as am I.
I dug out a bunch of old pictures last night and spent a lot of time looking at them yesterday. And on the way home from work yesterday, one of "our" songs came on the radio! I haven't heard that song on the radio in years! I took it as a sign. I hope he is happy in heaven. Lord knows he deserves the rest. I will miss him, I really will.
I told all the kids except Aaron (I'm waiting for the right time with him). Rachael and Daniel will be going with me to the funeral. I drove Joseph up to Indianapolis to his dad last night (sorry Lisa, no time for a visit!) so he can drive up to University of Michigan for his musical theater audition on Friday.
Steven has been terrific through all of this. He listened to me cry on the phone. He has listened to me reminisce(sp?) about Larry. And he has listened to me worry and fret over the school stuff. And last night he talked to me all the way home to help me stay awake as I drove.
I'll let you know how it goes. Thank you all for your kind comments. It means a lot to me.
Ps. I think I just saw a mouse run across the floor. Eek.