"Love & Friendship", Ch. 22: Taking Kaitlyn to School on Monday Morning

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"Love & Friendship", Ch. 22:  Taking Kaitlyn to School on Monday Morning, January 31st,   1/28/13 Gratiana Lovelace

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[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my "ideal" actors cast in these roles:

British actor Richard Armitage as Robert and American actress Diane Lane as Lydia, the 1940's child actress Margaret O'Brien as Kaitlyn, Alfre Woodward as Social Worker Marla Washington, and others.]   [(1ab) Story Logo]

Author's Mature Content Note:  "Love & Friendship" is a romantic love story set amidst contemporary times.  As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes or other sauciness (R rated) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments.  I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly.  Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to mature situations and topics.  If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read those chapters.  This is my disclaimer.

Author's Recap:   Lydia, Robert, and Kaitlyn had a lovely first Sunday together as a family--french toast, church, sledding and such.  Marla had also admonished Lydia and Robert to remember that they need to be on their best behavior and not complain to the foster care workers about Kaitlyn's prior living conditions if they want to keep her--which they do.  And taking Kaitlyn to school for the first time  on Monday morning will prove to be amusing.

 "Love & Friendship", Ch.  22:  Taking Kaitlyn to School on Monday Morning, January 31st

For now, Foster Parent Case Worker Marla Washington and the Kensington's feels that it is best for Kaitlyn to continue her schooling at the Foster Homes' School Center until they see if her placement with Lydia and Robert is a permanent one.  Kaitlyn will see the kids she's used to being around and it will provide some continuity for her.  So, Robert and Lydia drive Kaitlyn to her school and meet her teacher and the other kids on Monday morning. 

Marla [(2) right] is at school this morning because—as they learned Sunday afternoon from Kaitlyn—her teacher is showing Robert's tv movie  about love amidst the backdrop of England's industrial revolution for history classes this week.  And Marla wants to make sure that the teacher, Mrs. Greene, doesn't make too much of a fuss about Kaitlyn's foster daddy being the actor in the film.  Lydia and Robert and Kaitlyn arrive at the school around 8:00am to meet Marla who shows them around the school.  Then at 8:10am—a few minutes before the other kids arrive—Marla introduces them to Kaitlyn's teacher.

MarlaW:  "Mrs. Greene, hello.  As you know, Kaitlyn has been placed for a foster family home visit this week.  And these are her foster parents, Lydia and Robert Kensington."

Mrs. Greene:  Not looking up from trying to find something on her desk—because she's used to meeting foster parents—she says distractedly.  "Lovely, it's nice to meet you."   Then Mrs. Greene looks up, she sees Robert, and she almost becomes a frozen statue.

Lydia:  While maintaining her smile at Mrs. Greene, Lydia whisper to Robert under her breath as leans over to him.   "Do you always have this effect on women?"

Robert:  Also whispering back to Lydia.   "Hey, they keep me working."    Then he tries to break the ice.  "Mrs. Green, it's lovely to meet you.  I'm Robert and this is my wife Lydia.  We're the Kensingtons."

MarlaW:  "Robert, I think she knows that."   Marla looks over at him wondering why he always introduces himself.  Of course, Lydia wonders about the same thing. And both women smile knowingly at each other.

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