I went to Luca’s Back to School Night last night. I had the pleasure of being there without Prince, who tends to monopolize these events, and was unable to go because he had a business meeting.
Or maybe a meeting to select the grout in his new kitchen. Who knows.
Anyway, I felt a little fish-out-of-water arriving at the event because, since the custody battle, Prince has solo-wrangled Luca’s education and God knows what anyone has heard about me, or even if Luca has a mother.
So I pretended to be perfectly comfortable as I slapped on my name tag and plopped my kabobs on the pot luck table and chatted up a couple Board Members, two women who couldn’t have been nicer. Once of them had chaperoned a field trip that day and told me how polite Luca was and how handsome.
I hunted down as many of Luca’s teachers as I could, introduced myself, and asked how he was doing. His English teacher loved him; his Geometry teacher said he would have an A if he would accept the teacher knew more than he did; and the Chemistry teacher said she was not having to stop the class to get him to shut up as often as she did just a few weeks earlier.
Overall, a stellar review, light years from the train wreck Luca had resembled just two years before when he got shipped off to a boarding school designed especially for kids who couldn’t stop arguing.
Now he’s at a regular school. And he’s making As and Bs. And mothers tell me they like him. THIS is a miracle.
After the meet-and-greet, I plastered a smile on my face as I listened to the fundraising schpiel, repeating my silent mantra you-don’t-have-to-help-raise-$150,000-you’re-a-single-mother-with-no-child-support until I actually felt sort of okay with being the Private School Parent With No Money.
Maybe it’s a second divorce. Maybe it’s dating men who have never had kids. Maybe it’s being 50 and being too cranky to care.
Whatever it is, I’ve begun to accept that I don’t lead a conventional life, despite my attempts to the contrary, and maybe I was never designed to have one.
Like someone else I know.