Jumping for Joy

Archived: Posted June 25, 2013

If you’ve read last week’s blog, you’ll know that my panel experience ended very happily indeed. You’ll also be aware that I sang all the way home (Kool and the Gang’s Celebration if you must know).

But I forgot to mention one other thing. Something that started when we pulled onto the drive and saw our daughter waiting for us at the front door. She looked slightly agitated and rather cross (teenagers, eh!) as she yelled down the driveway. “So, what did they say? Yes or no? You were supposed to call and let me know!”

Oops. In my excitement I had forgotten that my daughter was waiting at home for us to get in touch and tell her the outcome. Luckily, my cheshire cat grin said it all.

She hugged me and we did a little dance on the doormat (poor Mr. C – this is what he has to put up with). But then she said it. The question that almost burst my bubble. “So when do we get our first placement then?”

“Erm, well, not quite yet”, I started to say.

“Well, have you been approved or haven’t you?”

“Oh yes, we’ve definitely been approved. Well, recommended for approval. We have to wait, just for a couple of weeks, for the final decision to be made and our approval letter to come through. It’s just a formality really, but…”

“So it’s not official?”

“Well, not yet no. But as good as. The whole thing went really well.”

“Oh right, ok then. I’m going back inside to watch the rest of Eastenders.” And with that, she turned around and ran back up the stairs.

And I was left in the doorway, feeling ever so slightly deflated. Could there be a small, miniscule chance that they’d change their mind? Would the agency decision maker dig up some obscure story about me shaving my eyebrows at high school or almost putting the cat in the washing machine (in my defence he was hiding in a pile of bed sheets) before deciding that I wasn’t only not fit to foster but also, in fact, completely barmy too?

I think Mr. C could see the faint panic in my eyes as he frog-marched me into the kitchen and placed a cuppa in my hands.

“You’re over-reacting”, he smiled. “Remember what the panel chairman said? It was an unanimous decision.”

“So you’re not going to let me hide under the duvet until that letter arrives?”

“No, of course not. Anyway, we wouldn’t want you to accidently end up on a spin dry with the bed covers would we?”

PS – The letter did arrive, only six days later. We were now officially approved foster carers. How did I feel? Like this…

And for the record, yes, my eyebrows did grow back.

Mrs. C

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