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Monday, September 24, 2012

Unrequited Love


Lily didn't sleep magnificently last night.  She's getting over something that's leaving her a bit stuffy, and mildly uncomfortable, and so she hasn't slept quite like herself for the past three nights.  Last night she woke up at 12:45 a.m., then about 2:00 (Leslie went in to try to get her to sleep for an hour before stumbling blearily back to bed in surrender) , and she stayed awake until about 3:30, when I fell asleep in her room attempting to get her to sleep.  It worked, by the way.  She was asleep when I left.  But at 4:30 a.m. when I stumbled out of her bedroom and back to my own, I was a little punchy.

Today was a different routine.  Leslie called off the bus driver because I went to the school today to drop off Lily's medication with the school nurse.  I wasn't sure whether she'd be in though, so I called the receptionist about a half hour before the "official" drop off time.

Receptionist:  Oh!  she just got here, so you can come in whenever.

Jim:  Great.  One more question, I know it's early, but I was bringing Lily with me.  When do the aides show up?

Receptionist:  They're supposed to be here by 8:30.

Jim:  Okay, so if I want to drop Lily off afterward, 8:30 at the earliest?

Receptionist:  Yeah, or you could just take her to the special ed classroom and stay with her until the aides arrive.

Jim:  Alright, thanks a lot.

Receptionist:  Anything else?

Jim:  No thanks, that about does it.

Receptionist:  Alright, we'll see you when you get here!  Bye!

Jim:  Alright, love you.

Receptionist:  . . . I'm sorry?

Jim:  Um. . . I believe I just told you I love you.

Receptionist:  (laughter)

Jim:  Sorry. . .

Receptionist:  Quite alright (more laughter)

Jim:  See you in a bit.

Receptionist:  bye! (more laughter)

Jim:  *Hangs up*

I was actually blushing over the phone by the end.  I signed in at the desk when I got there and told the receptionist I was there to see the school nurse.  She didn't say anything, and I wasn't positive it was the woman I'd spoken to.  I guess she was being polite and saving me from my embarrassment, but possibly she saw the talent and decided she'd keep her options open for the next sleep deprived father.

Besides, I'm married!

44 comments:

  1. I like your fancy watch.

    I totally told one of my coworkers I loved her once in the same fashion. I was working on a show at the time, at the theater until late, SO TIRED, and I got stuck in some traffic at lunch so was going to be late getting back from my break, so called in to give them a heads-up. At the end of the call, I said, "ok, love you, bye!" She either didn't hear me, or pretended she didn't, and we never talked about it again. It was very embarrassing.

    Hope Lily's feeling better soon. LOVE YOU BYE JIM.

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    1. hahaha. Yeah. . . sometimes that happens to people.

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  2. Oh, Jim, Jim, Jim. You made me laugh so hard my dog expressed concern.

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    1. YAY! And tell your dog you'll be okay! He loves you.

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  3. Where do I send the bill for medical treatment? I fell off my chair laughing!

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    1. ouch! I'd off to kiss it better, but I don't think my wife or girlfriends would understand.

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  4. Yeah, I did this at work pretty frequently. Once to my boss. I received an award shortly afterward.
    Coinencedence?

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    1. NICE! I'll try that with my boss. He'll appreciate it, I'm sure.

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  5. LOL. I have done this too.
    p.s I guess you won't have to worry about blurting it out while having sex.

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    1. Blurting what out? That I love her? I'm. . . I'm not having sex with the receptionist at the school, Kyla.

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    2. Are you having sex with her outside of the school? (rimshot)

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    3. Rimshot? HEY! This is a FAMILY blog post!

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  6. I imagined being in your place, and I blushed too. But I've never said I love you to anyone at the docks before.

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    1. hahaha. . . at the docks. THAT is a funny mental image. I imagine a gruff. . . "ugh. . . I love you too, Jim"

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    1. Yeah. But she should be flattered. I'm a total catch!

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  8. We are having a house built and the builder's representative and I have talked a million times and one day a month or so ago we had a quick conversation and I told him I loved him right after I said that I would talk to him soon. Thank God he said it back and the awkward silence wasn't as bad since he was just as embarrassed as I was. HAHAHAHA

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    1. and. . . DID you love him? Because that's really not the same at ALL.

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  9. Lol! Great story! I have not done this yet, fortunately, but I've answered my home phone with my workplace identifier before. :)

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    1. I used to do that. I haven't forever. Sometimes though I'll be on the phone and my brain will just get stuck and loop. . . and I'll be like. . . "okay, what do i say here. . . thinking. . . thinking. . . "

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  10. Well, she's efficient, accommodating, knowledgeable and helpful. What's not to love?

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  11. Hilarious! Love you, I mean *it* ;-)!!!

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    1. I'm already in a committed relationship with that receptionist. The only thing I don't know about her is her name. . . or what she looks like.

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  12. JIM I CAME TO READ YOUR POST LIKE YOU ORDERED ME TO. Look, I am even leaving a comment. A comment on the very same day you wrote the post. It is like magic.

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    1. Where is the comment? I don't see it. Is it under this thing you wrote? Susie? SUSIE! Where is the comment???

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  13. On the awkward scale that's right up there with calling the teacher Mom :)
    I love that you admitted it, I would've gone "I said la view fromma my window, it ees lovely..."

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    1. It was funnier that way. I'm all about the funny.

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  14. lololol...everybody needs to hear that they are loved

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  15. Aww, that story made me smile, and I like smiling, so thank you :)

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  16. School secretaries really deserve more love... they are the well-oiled machine that makes the whole thing work (or not work). Just make sure you save some of that patented Jim love for the rest of us ladies out here!

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  17. Totally sounds like something I'd do!

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    1. yeah...but you actually DO love the receptionist.

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  18. Aw, you made her day! Love you, man, I really do.

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  19. So freaking funny! I am so afraid, and so sure, I am going to do that one day.

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    1. If you're as scatter-brained as I am, I'm sure you will...

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