Wednesday, February 11, 2009

You're Welcome, Stryker

Being Scarlett's sibling has not been easy for Stryker-- he is quite comfortable in the epicenter of the family orbit (she's allowed to mix geography with astronomy because this is her unique world anyway) and hates all the hoopla surrounding his sister.

Stryker:  "You never do anything for me."

Matron (oh she was ready!):  "Remember when you decided to get serious about the yo-yo?  Who found a national yo-yo champion for you to study with?  When we found out about the tournament the day before, who dropped everything and spent the whole day at the Mall of America so you could win first place?  Remember when you were seven and an uncannily proficient reader?  Who started "The Boys Book Club" and then got that on the front page of the local paper?  Shall we continue?"

That Matron.  It's a good thing she had three children because imagine if that light hot Maternal Energy were focused just on one!

Stryker:  "Yeah but remember the day I had a terrible fever and was sick on the couch and you guys left me home alone?"  And he wells up.  Sigh

As both Truth and Counter to Scarlett, much ballyhoo has been made around Stryker's homework.  He's in the Science and Math Magnet and they put these 7th graders on that AP college track.  His teachers have nothing but praise.  His homework?  Comes first.  For the family.

Sunday night, Stryker mapped out plans for a huge History project, a 10 minute Power Point presentation on Nostrodamus that is half the trimester's grade.  If he did just so many minutes a night, he could finish the project on Thursday evening.  It's due Friday.  But the way he scheduled the work there was not ONE evening for error.

With that, he pushed save and was faced with a strange-looking Power Point file that he could open, but not edit.  Try as he might - and that child did -- he couldn't figure out how to continue. Did she mention that neither Stryker nor the Matron had ever even ventured into Power Point before this evening?  Day One and the schedule tottered, in peril.

Matron:  "Don't worry, honey.  I'll figure it out tomorrow while you're at school.  When you get home it will be ready to roll. Promise."

Stryker;  "Mom I am so worried."

She can hear you wringing your hands for her.

She emailed the file to Stryker's computer teacher, her work computer, and three technologically-inclined friends.    Then, just to be safe she sent it to the IT guy at her college.  Not that she's into overkill.

The next morning, she put a strained Stryker on the bus and found that her friends were at a loss.   Stryker managed to do something wrong enough that the file was unrecognizable.   The technologically inclined friends tried all kinds of magic to no avail.  The word 'loss' was bandied about.  

The computer teacher emailed:  "Rough break.  The history teacher is a hard-liner."

This problem consumed much of the Matron's morning.    And, the morning of a few IT state employees, two software junkies, and the guy down her office hallway.  The Matron herself went through several stages of denial, despair and desperation.  

With her final ounce of energy, she dragged her doomed self into the office of a  biologist, who, upon hearing dreadful dilemma said:  "Did you try opening Power Point and then clicking on "Open" in the upper left hand corner, re-opening the file WITH Power Point and then saving it?"

She did!  The file was saved!  The Matron wept at her colleague's feet and offered up the very firstborn whose psyche she was trying to save:  thank you!!

Even though barely a paper was graded and emails sat, unanswered and she had called in a BIG bunch of favors in order to occupy other people with her child's problem -- she did it!  Saved the day!  The minute she knew Stryker was on the bus, in a dramatic and detailed text message, she told him of her amazing feat.  Not to worry!   File saved!  Figured it out!  Mother swoops in!

Life's short.  Why not bask in the glow while you wait for the grateful, ardent reply?

Here's what she got.

"K.  Thanks."

At least he spelled one word out.


smalltownmom said...

And let's not forget you let him have the Simpsons marathon.

And the virtual boy.

I read...I remember.

mothership said...

how sharper than a serpent's tooth...

Karen ~ said...

Just a quick note to say I am coming to the play on Sunday!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It is your job after all, right? I suppose he takes it for granted that you do it well.

Balou said...

Aha, but you have this moment recorded for future reference. Just email him a link to this post when the poor me party starts up.

And way to go Mom!!

Becky said...

Yes, I vote that he still secretly thinks of you as all-powerful, and expected nothing less. So, atta girl!

Lynda said...

Supermom! I think Stryker is extremely cool :-)

Anonymous said...

When you talked to him FTF you might want to mention the battalion of help you called in to work on it, "...a few IT state employees, two software junkies, and the guy down her office hallway." LOL, and congrats!

Keri said...

That last line and the feelings that accompanied it when you received it? My own Stryker is now 20. Soon to be 21. And she reads my blog. And she and I are close. Probably too close, if that is possible. She carries with her loads of guilt that only a one who(forgive the generalities here, but seriously?) went to Catholic school and was raised by a true martyr should carry! Had I written this post reminiscing on the past, she would be calling me, sobbing and beating herself and full of apologies. Or VERY angry because the guilt does that to her, too.

So hey, you never know! You may have some of that to look forward to! ;-)

thefirecat said...

See,'s NORMAL for you to be supermom. He's not the least surprised that you saved the day, because you're so cool. He....

no, wait. He's just a teenager.

Beth said...

Take heart - when they're older, they do remember all our monumental efforts on their behalf.

MJ said...

Ugh. Is that what I have to look forward to?

Kelly said...

My mother would have let me dangle. you are awesome!

Jocelyn said...

At least he's been raised with manners--the "thanks" and all.

Kids just don't get it. I remember not getting it. Then I had kids. And I got it.

Daisy said...

I love that the biologist figured it out when the IT folks didn't. You could ask the music teachers, too; they're often good for a tech tip or two.

Julie said...

Oh! I was going to mention the Simpsons marathon but smalltownmom beat me to it. :)

You are awesome.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Savior and saint. I was thinking of the SImpsons marathon too.