« You charge more than a doctor! »

A persimmon seems to fit this blog post. I really don’t know why.

I took the call on my cellphone despite not recognizing the number. It was against my better judgment.

I had trouble understanding the person and since I was taking the phone call on my Apple watch, I asked if she could call me back. She was calling about tutoring.

She told me that although in-school tutoring was available, her daughter’s schedule was at issue. She thought perhaps it would be good to have some tutoring sessions.

We talked a bit and I offered to send my flyer of explanation. She asked that I give her the info, which was fine, and then I sent her the flyer by text. She was pleased when I told her that I had taught at her daughter’s school for over thirty years. She was impressed to know that I work at Oakton.

When I told her my fee, she exclaimed, « That is more than a doctor would charge! » I said nothing. I then said to her after she wanted to know if she could bargain with me, that I have been charging the same fee since 2007 without changing it. She thought about it, then asked me if I was available at 6:30 PM or 7:00 PM that evening. She commented that since I was retired, that it was easier to schedule sessions.

We texted and I asked her to contact me as soon as she knew the time. MK and I went about our business, stopping for a bite at Panera’s and then we came home around 6:00 PM. There was no news. We sat down and watched a little TV. Still no news. At 8:22 PM I received a text message saying, « Hi Rich, Sarah (name changed) just got out of dance – too late tonight. Will schedule next time. Thanks!

Some people…

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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