Today was the day we drove to River Valley school. It was five hours away, too far too come and go every day so we were to be boarding students.
I don’t know what happened when we got to the checkout desk, but Savana suddenly lost it.
“Joy Fully is in room 876 and Sava-”
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I wanna be with JOY!”
“Sorry. You are in room 43-”
“NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I won’t do it unless I can be with JOY!” Savana’s mom stepped up.
“Actually Joy probably should be with someone she knows, or she won’t take it well. She has been known to do some not so smart things when she is sad, and she might try to run away if she isn’t with Savana.”
I hoped she was making some of that up, but it worked, and we got to room together.
“You too may go up to room 768 but Mrs Parker stays here.”
We said tearful goodbyes and went up to our room. It wasn’t much, but a place to call our own. I saw a bunk bed, a ladder/shelf, a desk (Why not two?) and a sink. Tired from hours in the car I jumped up to the top bunk and fell asleep. Savana jumped up to me, I don’t know how much later.
“Someone came to our door and asked for Joy Fully to come to the nurse’s office.” The place wasn’t much bigger than ours, decorated the same way. The nurse sat in a chair.
Suddenly I knew the nurse’s name=. She used to be my school nurse, back when I was little.
“What are you doing here Joy? Don’t you have a good school?”
Tearfully I told her my story, ending with: “And with my chronic illness and all my parents decided to send me here.”
“You still have that?”
“The chronic illness?”
“I was afraid this would happen.” Ellen groaned.
“When you were younger your chronic illness wasn’t nearly as bad. I was hoping it would go away, but it only got worse it seems.”
“All too soon.”
I hopped on the top bunk. Ellen jumped after me.
“Mind if I give you some advice?”
“If you aren’t felling well skip a day of classes. Don’t push yourself, or you could make yourself extremely sick.”
Oh how I wish I’d listened.