Three years ago we loaded up three trucks, and we moved to Kansas…..flat, it is…..humidity and windy days.
So, after three years of dragging our feet trying to stay in Colorado, we up and moved without checking into all that we should. One area I neglected to research was the homeschooling law regarding allowing or not allowing home schoolers to play public school sports. I had only homeschooled in Colorado, and I assumed it would be the same. Oops! It’s not. Yeah, I’ve written about it before. But, today, a challenging morning in the land of Oz, I was reminded of how when we tried to find a place for our third son to continue playing soccer, the phone would ring and the voice of the Caller ID would say what sounded like “Kansas, you suck!”
We laughed. This was the one year I was homeschooling all six children….my youngest was just beginning her education with kindergarten while my oldest was finishing his time in our home school as it was his senior year. We would be going about our school day when we would hear the phone ring followed by “Kansas, you suck”. We all stopped, looked around at each other, and broke out in laughter. And, then, she’d say it again and again and again…..because we let it ring since my husband wasn’t there to deal with the caller and all the stuff I didn’t want to deal with. Yeah, I’m THAT person. It was the Kansas Youth Soccer Organization calling because we had found a spot for our son on a club team in a nearby town. On the Caller ID it read “KS YOUTH SOC”, but what we heard was, “Kansas, you suck!” Over and over again, call after call after call….”Kansas, you suck!”
To say it echoed how we all felt at the time would be an understatement. Leaving our home….the place we loved living was just plain hard. Adjusting to the humidity in Kansas after living in and breathing the fresh Rocky Mountain air was also a bit hard to swallow. But, we have worked to adjust and make the most of living wherever we may be. However, I still have plenty of “Kansas, you suck” days. This morning began as one such day….
When I took my 5th son to into one town for his orthodontist appointment and kindly asked how long the appointment would be, she told me 20 minutes. Twenty minutes….it would be better for me and my other three children in tow to wait the twenty minutes rather than risk him having to wait for me to run the 537 errands I needed to run while in town. We waited. An hour and fifteen minutes later, he came out. Kansas, you suck!
Already flustered now due to needing to get to another appointment in less than an hour in another town, I knew I’d have to abandon most of those errands. But, I knew one errand I had to make…..one promise I had made….was to go to the bank so my two younger sons could cash their checks. They had already waited and been put off several times, so this was one promise I needed to keep. The library is right by the bank, so I sent one son into the library to pick up my interlibrary loan which came in over the weekend….probably the minute I walked out of the library door on Friday. Of course, today is the one day the librarians must have me in person to retrieve a library loan because they want to confirm that all my information is still the same….address, phone number, etc. Unfortunately, yes…..I still live in Kansas. No time to park and run in, so no book for me today. Kansas, you suck!
On the way to the next appointment, it seemed as though all people who received memos to get in my way came out to fulfill their duties all at the same time as I had people step out into traffic in front of me, people driving slowly in both lanes all around me, people in Kansas simply getting on my last, hungry nerve. Kansas, you suck!
Now, I understand that all this stuff can happen in any state, any town, any place in the world. But, today I’m living in Kansas. Today it reminded me of the Caller ID which made me laugh about my current residence. People say it’s great to live here, in Kansas, because you won’t find nicer people anywhere else.
While I try very hard to not sit and pine for Colorado, it’s no secret I can’t wait to go back some day. In the mean time, we’re making the best of our time here….even when the wind blows (always)….even when Kansas sucks!
So, now that I got that out of my head and into writing, I can move on to having an attitude of gratitude….you know…..since Thanksgiving is this week and all.