This morning Gary and I headed out bright and early to travel to Sunflower’s school for her fourth grade awards ceremony for the first nine weeks of the school year. Sunflower loves school and will undoubtedly take over the district someday, because she is also extremely opinionated (good for her) and loves to be in charge. We joke that she will stage a takeover of her class someday.
She cleaned up, racking up three certificates and one ribbon, for things like honor roll, good behavior, and attendance. Gary and I got plenty of exercise, leaping up to sneak closer to the stage to get pictures of her.
Considering the number of fourth graders in the cafeteria, there was a dismally small number of parents there to cheer for them. Gary and I were the only ones who bothered to show up to root for Sunflower. Now, let’s think about this for a moment. Gary and I live over an hour away, and both of us needed to take time off work for not only the awards ceremony, but for a minimum of two hours of travel time to drive there and back.
Sunflower’s grandfather lives in the same town, minutes away, and is retired, but he was not there.
Sunflower’s grandmother lives and works a few minutes away, would have required less than an hour away from work, but she was not there.
And as for Crow? Sunflower’s own womb-for-rent works just minutes away, has a low-responsibility and low-importance position that is certainly dispensable, and could have used leave time or even less than a lunch hour to be there, but she was not there.
I don’t know why I was surprised, but I actually expected at least one of those Three Stooges to drag their sorry carcass to the school for Sunflower. I should have known better. Someone who was not surprised was Sunflower herself, who did not even bother looking for them.
We took pictures of Sunflower after the award ceremony with her many certificates, and one of them in particular is quite the gem: she posed with her Good Behavior certificate by sticking out her tongue at us and making goofy faces. I asked her if she was sure the Good Behavior certificate wasn’t a mistake!