Monday, April 17, 2006

No happy ending here, my friend

Saturday. Getting my house ready for hosting a bridal shower. What's that noise? It's the bulk trash pick-up. Already! I thought they were coming on Monday. Oh good. They are starting on the other street first. We still have time. If we don't get this old desk out there now, we will be stuck with it in our bedroom for three more months. Here, honey, help me carry it out. Dump all the drawers out, we can organize it later. Better yet, just pull the whole drawers out. Let's just get the desk out there right away. Whew! Good thing we got rid of the desk and our ugly couch.

Monday. Finally getting around to stack of paperwork to register Aaron for kindergarten. Registration form, check. Primary language survey, check. Proof of residence, check. Emergency card, check. Screening for possible handicapping condition, check. Referral for assessment of special health care services, check. Health history, check. Documentation for varicella, check. Immunization record. Put the papers down. Go into bedroom to get Aaron's shot record. Look on floor for long, skinny middle drawer. Not there. Immediate panic. We didn't pull out the top, middle drawer of our old junky desk! Crapcrapcrapcrapcrap. It's all gone. All of our life papers. Pulverized at the dump. Social security cards. Marriage certificate. Sealing certificate. Birth certificates. Five passports with our kids' first international stamps. No, 6--the expired one Steve took on his mission. Immunization records. Three diplomas. Arizona Bar Association certificate. More, probably. More that I don't remember.

I am grieving. I am such an idiot.

7 comments:

neil and diana said...

oh my gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh! emily, I am so sorry for your loss. what an enormous inconvenience. I think elliot is old enough to learn how to call city hall, the state of arizona, etc. and make a case for replacing lost records. it could be a merit badge.

amye said...

Daaaannnnnng! Is that for real? Holy cow! Is there a way to track the garbage? Maybe someone will intercept the desk before it hits the dump. It's worth a phone call. Some of that can be replaced, thank goodness. I'm sorry!!!

pepper said...

I had a friend helping with dinner at his wealthy bishops house. He was putting garlic bread in one of their 3 ovens and had already pre-heated the oven. Opened it up and whoosh! Flames everywhere. Water buckets poured out the flames and left a pile of soggy, burned stock documents, wills, family pictures, passports, etc. We won't get into why this family was using their extra oven to store all their valuable documents... I am really sorry. Mostly about the kids passports...I love that Nels has international stamps on his passport before he was one.

ahc said...

Oh no! I hope that this story has a happy ending. . . :(

sarah said...

HOLY MOLY! I would just die!!!! As I'm sure you are and don't need to be reminded. HOLY COW - have you started on the journey to replace any of that? I REALLY REALLY feel for you! It sounds like something I would do.

wendy said...

Oh Emily! I am SO sorry! I lost some very important documents when we moved from Arizona and I seriously cried over it. I'm sorry this has happened to you!

ryan said...

When I left my retainer on my tray in the cafeteria at Park Middle School, Mom and I went into the dumpster after it, and amazingly, recovered it.

Into the dumpster, Family Craig!