“Turn left there…through the stop sign.” I instruct Dan.
“Yeah, yeah, I remember.” He says in a mildly gruff tone.
“Okay, wasn’t sure…” I say looking down at my notes. “Michelle Johnson. She’s the campus director.”
“Is that who we ask for?” Dan says as he turns the car into a parking space in front.
“Umhmm.” I am putting on fresh lipgloss and checking for food in my teeth.
We get out and walk up the many stairs and I am recalling the fun Ryan had here.
“Ry loved going here…they have two swimming pools, but he didn’t like the kiddie pool, he always wanted to go into the big kids pool.” I turn to Dan with a big smile on my face he looks back blankly.
As we get “buzzed” in we walk into the office and ask for Mrs. Johnson. She comes out of a office with a big smile.
“Hi, Dan-do you remember me? I’m Brad Johnson’s sister—”
“—Yes! Wow, I didn’t put the name together!” he says in a loud voice, shaking her hand with vigor.
I am a little surprised but not shocked as this happens a lot since Dan has lived in this area for so long Seems like once a month someone recognizes the name and asks if I know Dan. ‘Why yes, we sleep together’ is what I want to say. But I am usually polite and give the proper answer..he is a businessman after all.
He turns to me, “This is my wife, LeeAndra.”
“Hi, it’s nice to meet you, Mrs. Johnson.” I say smiling.
“Hi, please call me Michelle.” She says warmly.
“How is Brad? I haven’t seen him in years.” Dan asks Michelle.
“He’s doing great…still in the area and…” She begins to tell him more details but I tune them out and look about the office. I hadn’t been in this office as much as the pre-school office, so I want to see what is going on. Michelle then offers to take us for a tour and she and Dan continue to catch up on old times. I am scanning every inch of the school as we walk. I see the kiddie pool and then the big pool glistening. The playground is freshly blacktopped and there is no trash against the fence. It’s spotless and so lovely. We arrive at the first grade class and the door is open so we peer in trying not to disturb the class. There are again 12 kids. Don’t get excited, chill out. But it’s hard not to, I fight to keep my pulse slow.
We walk around the rest of the campus and I feel like my heart is going to burst. It feels so right and I want it so badly….
We arrive back at her office and we sit down.
“So, tell me bout your son.” She says brightly.