Desperately Seeking Emily

       Where, oh where, has Emily gone?  She is not posting much.  She is not commenting much.  Is she even reading?

        Emily, if you are wondering, is applying to preschools.  Zachary is three, and this is the third time I have had to research and apply to preschools.  The first time, I spent days and weeks researching and visiting schools in Philadelphia that he never attended because we moved to London.  The second time, I scrambled frantically to visit preschools in London while we were still getting over jetlag and I was 7 months pregnant.  I could not apply in advance because we did not know where we would be living until a few weeks before the move (that’s how the rental market here works).  I sighed a huge sigh of relief when a few of the schools still had spaces.

          Now, we are moving mid-school-year.  He will probably miss a few months of preschool this year, but I am sure we will find a summer camp (note to self: find summer camp).  Many of the preschools have already finished accepting applications for September 2008.  Yet, here I am, oceans and continents away, calling at nine AM Pacific (which is 5 PM GMT, so the kids are busy tearing the heads off chickens or mixing the trash and recycling together while I am on the phone), hoping to find people actually in the office in the week between Christmas and New Years.  Then, we fill out applications.  Last night found me writing essays at 11 o’clock at night.  Yes, I was writing essays for my three-year-old and my seventeen-month-old to get into preschool.

          Some of you have asked how long a move this one is.  Technically, it is a permanent move.  The move to London was only two years, and we have an expiring visa to prove it.  L.A. is permanent, which means we live there indefinitely.  In reality, we can probably count on at least five years.  Which means I need to take the schools seriously this time, because this will be Zachary’s last and Benjamin’s only preschool.

          So, where is Emily?  She is reading as much as she can, and she promises she will indeed get to all of your posts (both Ashers had great Christmases, the Poo is sick, Flutter is marrying into a very nice family, De has a broad-winged hawk in the oak tree — see, I am reading).  But, she is not commenting, because that would take time away from writing her application essays, a job she thought she had finished when she got into grad school the last time.

28 responses to “Desperately Seeking Emily

  1. There is more to moving than meets the eye, eh? I know – I’ve done it – for 3 years to Australia and back. My sleepness nights were not schools (kids here are assigned to the local public school automatically unless you choose to go private) but daycare for my (at that time) one yr old. Unbelievable now but I had a job thrown after me months before I came back – and I had accepted.

    It’s a tough time for you but I’m sure it will all work out just fine. American school system does look complicated to me, though.

  2. Kids are assigned to their local schools once they are five or six (depending upon birthday), but when they are as young as mine, they are still in the less clear world of preschool.

  3. Good luck, Emily….I can only imagine. We did not have to write essays for preschool (thank you, sweet Jesus).

  4. Am I wrong for thinking having the parents write essays to get children who aren’t old enough to spell “Me” yet into preschool is…odd?

    Not that you’re odd for doing it, Emily, just the whole idea of having to is weird to me. Our society is getting more and more out there on some things. Essays. For preschool. Yeesh. 😉

    I remember one of my friends told me about a show she watched about the NY city schools. Apparently, private are the most desirable and most competitive. You have to audition for kindergarten. One mom said her child was placed in an observation room and given pages to color and stickers to place. His “performance” consisted of pocketing the stickers and picking his nose and eating the contents for 20 minutes. 😀 I still laugh every time I picture it.

    Honestly, isn’t that how 5 year olds are supposed to act? I would have enrolled him on the spot. I don’t think I want to know 5 year olds who can fill out business tax returns unassisted.

  5. why do I think your entrance essay will kick some serious ass?

  6. an essay to get into preschool!?! i’ve never heard of such a thing! best of luck!!

  7. Leave Emily alone. She’s got a lot of work to do and not a lot of time to do it in. Be nice to Emily, and be sure to give her a cocktail from her friend Liv.

  8. eek?

    To say that I do not envy you would be putting it mildly.

    Shouldn’t it be a part of the relocation package that they have to provide a professional essay writer for just such a time as this?

    Happy scrambling to you! I honestly hope that not many chickens lay down their lives in the supreme pre-school sacrifice!


    P.S. Hint: don’t use anywhere near the number of exclamation points that I have used when composing essays. 😉

  9. Writing essays and doing preschool interviews blows. Hard. I honestly believe that this is the reason I keep Ben in his school.

    And hey, thanks for the compliment. You made me blush (which is a very infreqent occurance around here).

  10. My sister-in-law had to apply for preschool when her kids were still in UTERO!!!


  11. Groan. You’ve just reminded me of one of the tasks I’ve got to take on very soon – figuring out to which school to transfer Fiona. I hope you get your first choice and it works out for you.

  12. I myself only just managed to re-enroll LP in the same preschool for next year. I was actually past the deadline – with no research to do whatsoever – he will even have the same teacher! – I don’t know how you do it!

  13. Hmm. Okay, I hope my comment didn’t come across as judgemental or snide. 😦 It wasn’t meant to be.

    I know it’s stressful having to do this kind of stuff as well as plan an international move, and I feel for you. I meant to convey how you shouldn’t *have* to do it, in a funny way, and I’m not sure that came across.

    Gah. And now I’m rambling. Please give me Diet Pepsi.

  14. Well, good luck with those essays. Don’t get writer’s cramp!

    (I don’t remember filling out essays for my kids’ preschool apps. I can tell you though, that year after year, those emergency contact cards make me want to throttle someone. I hate those!)

  15. Hmmm. I’ve never heard of writing essays for pre-schoolers either . . .not looking forward to that!

  16. At least you will have some experience under your belt when it comes to college applications and such – good luck and have a good weekend. Kellan

  17. preschool applications — things they DID not tell you about when you were thinking about or having babies….

  18. sister, you keep doing what you need to, we’ll be here when you have it all sorted. which you will.

  19. Wow, essays for preschool applications – I am glad mine are older now.
    Best Wishes for your move and especially for your preschool search!

  20. Good luck, Emily. What a pain!

  21. Wow. Essays to get into preschool. What a very strange system.

  22. Preschool is serious business. Good luck. When are you moving?

  23. Why no new entry? We miss you!!! 🙂


  24. Essays to get into pre-school? Oh my but this world is twisted and broken. Good luck with it all.

  25. Good luck! And while you are busy at it, do have a great new year in between. Happy 2008!

  26. application essays for preschool? egads!

  27. That’s crazy. I used to run a preschool in Austin and we nver did anything like that. We had people who would get upset that we only had a waiting list for the current year and couldn’t put their newborns on the list.

    Best of luck!

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