Marianne Argh!I feel like I’ve had the following conversation with my husband a zillion times.The situation: We are meeting at 1 p.m. on Thursday at our son’s school for a parent-teacher conference. I need to BART from my job in San Francisco to the school in Oakland. My husband works out of our home in Oakland. The conversation begins on Tuesday. Me: I’ll have to meet you at school on Thursday, the day of the conference. I’ll probably just make it in time. It’s going to be a tough day for me to take time off work.

My husband: OK.

The conversation continues on Wednesday:

Me: Tomorrow is the parent teacher conference. I’ll meet you at school. I won’t have time to come home first.

Husband: OK, I’ll meet you there.

I think the conversation wraps up Thursday morning. My husband is still in bed when I leave for work. I kiss his cheek.

Me: I’ll see you at school at 1.

Husband: OK.

Around 10:30, I check voice mail messages. My husband’s voice: Uh, so I guess you’ll come home first and then we’ll go to school together? Is that what we’re doing?


About The Author
Marianne Lonsdale
Marianne Lonsdale Marianne Lonsdale writes personal essays, short stories and literary interviews. She’s slowly cranking out a novel set in Oakland in 1991 about a crazy romance. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Literary Mama, Grown and Flown, Pulse and has aired on KQED. She is a founding member of the Write On Mamas and is honored to be an alumna of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Marianne lives with her husband, Michael, and son, Nicholas, in Oakland, California.

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