Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I know, I know

I know, I know. You hate bloggers who can't manage to get it all in one blog per day, right? Well, I'm going to blame it on the lack of sleep. I must be delerious because I forgot to the post the funniest moments from today! They are too funny and I must share.

First of all, a little background on the trip down to the Children's Home... There are two of us attorneys on the case. Another lady is acting as the actual attorney on the case. She does what the juvenile wants. My role is as the guardian of the child. My role is to act as the parent, to do what is in the child's best interest and make a recommendation to the court if there is a conflict between what the child wants and what I think is best. So this other attorney has been to the Home before and rode down on the 2 1/2 hour trip.

First funny thing of the day is that the juvenile, who was being transported by his sister, headed in the wrong direction. They headed to Texarkana instead of Waco, which resulted in them being 1 hour late. In case you aren't from Texas, I have provided a map so that you can see just how absurd and directionally challenged this is...

You see Dallas? Waco is between Dallas and Austin. Texarkana isn't marked on the map, but it is way up in the NE corner bordering Texas and Arkansas.
So on the way down, the other attorney was telling me about her kids who go to a private school about an hour away from their house. I told her I didn't really know much about private schools as that wasn't an option because (1) there wasn't one in our small town and (2) my mom was a public school teacher/administrator. She went on to tell me all about how worldly she and her family were (kids included). They've all been all around the world, Blah, Blah, Blah. They are taking the kids out of school in the winter to go to Egypt for two weeks, Blah, Blah, Blah. I do need to say that this lady just doesn't really get that she isn't the norm. She is very nice and not trying to rub anything in anyones face, she's just a bit clueless. However, needless to say, by the end of the journey, I was feeling a little bit like an uneducated hick.

Well since we were early, we had time to talk to some of the new staff. The other attorney was talking to a new staff member and I was just listening. Here is the conversation I hear:

When did you start here? Just last week

Where are you from? Liberia

Oh, so not from very far away?.... this is when my ears perked up. I think to myself, I may be an uneducated hick, but isn't Liberia on the West Coast of Africa? Yeah, it's pretty far away

Is it? How far? (girl speechless) Ugh, like really far.

I mean how far are we talking? It's in Africa (Here's me thinking Don't laugh, don't laugh)

Really? I thought Liberia was in Texas? Is there a Liberia Texas? I don't know

Kara, Isn't Liberia in Texas? Me: Not that I know of, I only know of the one in Africa.

Well, how big of a city is Liberia? ...again, I think to myself, It's a country not a city!... Well, it's about the size of Tennessee.

Really?! Wow, that's a big city! (again, me thinking, don't laugh, don't laugh)

Now the other funny thing we heard while waiting is that they have changed some policies. The Home is made up of a City Campus and a Ranch. City is co-ed and the Ranch is boys only. Ranch used to stick to the ranch, City to the city. Turns out there was a huge rivalry brewing between the "City Boys" and the "Country Boys" because all the "City Girls" thought the "Country Boys" were "dreamy". So they had there own little West Side Story brewing. Now they mix the two for school and activities so they won't hate each other. I thought that was really funny too (though not Liberia funny).


Abby said...

I really did laugh out loud. My husband looked at me like I was crazy!!

courtney said...

oh my....i'm cringing at the "cultured" lady's geography prowess! yikes!

btw, that reminds me that i write a post on public vs private education! :) also btw, i went to a public school!

laterg8r said...

love that mrs worldly didn't know where liberia was from and kept digging herself in deeper! LOL


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