Brian and Christine
They got dressed and after Brian had a second cup of coffee they strode down the street to the school.
They came to a beautiful, inviting modern building set back from the road, with a well kept lawn, a few trees and some bushes along the side. They went up the path and entered the building.
Brian spoke to a receptionist inside, who then picked up her phone and said “There’s a man here with a child who wants to see the school.”
Soon a woman arrived, nicely dressed and with a pleasant smile. Everyone was introduced and the woman led them through a door and down a hall to a series of classrooms. They peeked into a couple of the rooms and the woman explained what they were seeing. She then took them into an office and closed the door. She asked Brian if they were interested in enrolling Christy in the school. Brian was impressed by the way the woman, Clare, included Christy in the conversation as if her thoughts were important.
Brian asked if the school had a fine arts program. Clare explained that one of their students had won first prize in an exhibit of paintings from all the high schools in Los Angeles. Christy was quiet.
They discussed costs, curriculum and, yes, they had a summer program.
Clare said “Pardon me for asking this but, since your last names are different, are you Christy’s father?”
“Almost” said Brian. “I’m engaged to marry the woman who is adopting her. Christy lost her parents some time ago.”
“He’s my Dad” said Christy.
Brian explained how Christy had missed a semester of her 6th grade but that he felt she was very bright and would be able to pass to the 7th easily if she could make up the missed semester. Clare thought that was a possibility, with the proper tests.
Clare handed Brian and Christy some literature about the school. Brian was relieved to see that there was no church affiliation connected with the place.
After the interview Clare accompanied them to the door and said she hoped to see them again.
Once outside they walked down the path to the sidewalk and stopped. “Well” asked Brian “what do you think?”
“I don’t know. It looks nice, but I don’t know.”
Just then a voice behind them on the path said “Hi.”
They turned to see a young black girl with a big smile. “I’m Sally. Who are you?”
“I’m Christy, and this is Brian.”
“You a new student?’ asked Sally.
“No. I’m just looking around.”
“Oh, come on. It’s cool. You’ll love it.”
“The teachers are great and the kids are fun.”
“Yeah. You comin?”
“Awesome. See you later.”
“Nice to meet you Brian” and off she went.
“Was that a ‘yes’ I heard about this school?”
(To be continued.)