My daughter started fifth grade this year and I have never seen a child more excited to start school. September couldn’t come fast enough for her and she was counting down the days of summer until she could go back and see her classmates. This year was going to be different from the rest because this was the first year she was getting to ride the bus. Finally the first day of school arrived. She got herself dressed for the day and made sure to ask me for the note to give to her teacher, saying that she would be riding the bus that day. I barely had time to give her a kiss goodbye as she skipped out the door to the bus.
To my surprise, when my daughter returned home that night, her cheerful mood that she had left for school with was gone. My daughter seemed sad, when I asked her what the problem was she told me that her best friend was not in her class that day. Like the movie Groundhogs Day, the next day was exactly the same as the one before. My daughter left for school excited and returned in a completely different mood that night. I asked her if her friend had not come that day either. My daughter told me that her friend was in class that day but her belly hurt and she did not want to go school the next day. Knowing how excited my daughter had been for school, I believed her and allowed her to stay home from school the next day. I did not notice any unusual signs of illness and said that she would need to return to school the next day. Upon hearing that she would have to return to school the next day, she began to cry and said she never wanted to return to school. I knew something else had to be going on. I knew the difference this year, aside from the bus rides, was that she had a new teacher.
When I asked if she was having a problem with the teacher, my daughter told me that she was having a problem with her new teacher. I was disturbed by this answer, as I had been friends with this particular person for many years. We had even gone to school together! When I asked my daughter what the problem was she said that it was because the teacher and I were friends. My daughter didn’t like that the teacher was calling me and telling me what was going on with my child and the class everyday. It all made sense now. I told my daughter that she had to go to class and she begrudgingly agreed. While my daughter’s mood did get better, she developed a syndrome known as overactive bladder syndrome. When we went to the doctor, I was informed that this syndrome she had developed was caused by anxiety and stress and not a medical issue. The doctor prescribed that I remove any stress in her life that I could get rid of. I knew that my daughter’s issues had stemmed from the relationship between myself and her teacher.
I devised a plan to relieve my daughter’s stress but still maintain my friendship with her teacher. I asked my daughter if she wanted to go Smoky Mountain Pizza in Sun Valley before Halloween and that she could invite her best friend, so she could let off a little steam. Meanwhile, without telling my daughter I invited her teacher, my friend, to meet me at the restaurant in Sun Valley, in secret.
My daughter loved Smoky Mountain Pizzeria and so I knew she would be so excited to go to this restaurant. The best part about this restaurant in Sun Valley is that it offers a variety of different food and it is a great place to bring the whole family. I called to set up a reservation at the Sun Valley location and they told me they were running a special promotion for Halloween. Children could come dressed in costumes and eat for free that weekend. I told my daughter about this and she was so excited that her and her friend would get to dress up and eat all the pizza they wanted to. I also got a hold of my friend, her teacher, and told her to bring her son and that he needed to wear his Halloween costume so he could eat for free as well.
I was sure that the kids were going to enjoy some Sun Valley pizza and that this “chance” meeting could potentially break the ice between my daughter and her teacher. Once my daughter’s friend had got permission from her parents to join us for dinner, they started to decide what their costumes would be. I was a little nervous but I was sure that catering in Ketchum, ID would do a great job.
The day finally arrived my daughter had decided that she would be a spooky witch and her friend was going to be a black cat. We picked up her friend from her house on our way to the restaurant in Ketchum, ID. My daughter loved to eat at this restaurant so she already knew what she wanted without looking at the menu. She chose the famous Margarita pizza and Chicken Dippers with ranch, just like she always does.
My daughter seemed to be having a good time with her friend and I was glad to finally see a smile on my daughter’s face. I hoped that the night would go as planned. Before we had arrived to the restaurant in Ketchum, ID, I had called my friend to make sure that she would be coming to dinner that night. She was a little apprehensive, since her son is gluten intolerant, but I reassured her that the Sun Valley, ID restaurant had a wide variety of gluten free pizzas from which she could order. After telling her this, she was very excited to go to dinner.
I made sure that I got to the restaurant in Ketchum,ID before my friend arrived with her son, so that I could pretend it was a coincidence that she was there. My daughter and her friend were having a great time looking at the restaurant’s Halloween decorations. The restaurant had spooky accessories everywhere. Pumpkin lights hung from the walls and cobwebs hung low from the ceiling. The atmosphere was very spooky and kid friendly. They were excited to see all the other kids costumes and were playing games with each other. My friend arrived with her son and sat down at the table with me, we directed her son to go find the girls and join the fun.
When the food was brought to the table we called the kids back over to our table to eat. My daughter was shocked to see her teacher there and looked a little disgruntled. I whispered to her that it was a coincidence they had decided to show up at the restaurant in Ketchum, ID. My friend made extra efforts to be nice and sweet to my daughter, since she knew it was our relationship that was causing stress in my daughter’s life. They played games, joked around and made silly faces. My daughter was having a great time with her teacher! My friend made it a point not to bring up anything about class and only discussed things that my daughter liked. Not only that, but my friend’s son and my daughter seemed to hit it off really well and played with each other for the rest of our time at the restaurant. My friend asked my daughter if she would like to come over sometime next week for a play date at her house with her son. She also said they would order Sun Valley pizza for delivery when she did come over.
Ever since that night things have calmed down and my daughter is back to her cheerful self. She no longer dislikes that her teacher is my friend and that we see each other on the weekends. My friend and I also realized that we shouldn’t be discussing my daughter’s schoolwork over the phone and only to discuss that type of thing at parent-teacher conferences. My daughter now understands that a person sometimes needs to wear different hats at different times. So now she knows that my friend is her teacher when she is at school and her friend’s mom on the weekends when we meet for pizza at the restaurant in Ketchum, ID. My daughter conquered her fears and overcame her anxiety. I am sure that the pizza restaurant in Ketchum, ID was the best place around to arrange the meeting with the teacher she had issues with. Without a doubt they are the best caterers who have one of the best menus.