SUNDAY: Up. Graded 2 papers. Shuttle to airport. FLEW HOME!!! Finished reading The Lady and Her Monsters on the flight, and also took a quick snooze. Stopped by office to pick up late papers. Still one short. Sigh. Do some laundry. Child suggests make-up Family Fun Night since I wasn't home Friday. We watch "Goldfinger." CHILD: This movie is kind of racist, though, because the Koreans are always working for the British people and don't even talk. It makes the British seem like they are top of the pile. Have I mentioned how much I love this kid? Put Child to bed. Child gets a little weepy because she is scared about what is going to happen over the next couple days. I tell her that Daddy will be okay and that even though I'm a little nervous too, his surgery is very routine. She says that she is worried for herself too, though. I have a student taking her to ice skating and then she's sleeping over at her friend P's house. She worries about what if P's mom doesn't really like her? And P's mom is a lot stricter than you, Mom. And what if P's mom wants me to eat something I don't like to eat? Etc. It's not like she has never been to a sleepover before...and we hang out with P's family EVERY Saturday in the summer at swim meets. I think she probably is a little nervous about her Dad's surgery, AND a different friend of hers recently mentioned to her that her mom doesn't like Child. (!!!) I say all kinds of reassuring things: -of course P's mom likes you, -you are only going to be there 1 hour before bedtime tonight and 1 hour before school tomorrow, -you can bring Cheerios with you and I'm sure that would be fine. Child is still stressed and says: "SSS"...and acronym she says means Still Sounds Scary. I told her I was a little afraid it stood for Sinus Surgery Senter, and added that I didn't think I could let her Dad have surgery at a place which spelled "center" with an S. That got her laughing. I am retrospectively sorry that I made these plans without fully consulting Child first. I now think that asking her friend J's mom might have been the wiser course, as I know Child feels very comfortable there. I ran into P's mom and asked her, assuming that this would be fine and dandy with Child. We've known this family for YEARS! The kids came to her birthday when she was turning 5! I know it will be fine, but I'm sorry Child is feeling distressed. Wrote in diary. Bed on early side. Tonight (Monday --> Tuesday), in an absolutely best case scenario, I will get 6 hours of sleep. I teach until 10 PM. Optimistically, I can be home and in bed by 11 PM. We need to get up at 5 to be at the surgery center by 6. Yuck. On the other hand, the good news is that he'll be done nice and early!