Princess A and I take classes at an organization that is considered very prestigious and THE preschool to go to in Manhattan. We started taking classes there because it was recommended by friends.
Tons of celebrities do lectures and send their kids to school there. We have had good experiences until this summer because they sometimes close the entrance to one of the buildings. This might not seem like a big deal but if you have a kid in a stroller you either have to carry your stroller up and down stairs or wait in line for the elevator, go through a windy hallway, and then wait for the elevator again. Since this place is very popular taking the elevator when the second entrance is closed can take up to 30 minutes. First off, closing the second entrance is very unfair to handicapped people in wheelchairs. Secondly, I wish they would at least be consistent about it. Sometimes it is opened sometimes it is closed and there is no rhyme or reason for either. This results in me frequently being 30 minutes late for 45 minute classes. This is not fair to my daughter or my bank account!
On Tuesday the entrance was opened for the beginning of my class so I naively assumed it would be open at the end of my class. It wasn’t so rather than take the elevator which would have taken me thirty minutes to leave I chose to carry my stroller up three flights of stairs.
A couple of Grandmas that take their grand kids to the same class as me started complaining about this and how when they take the elevator the have to wait in line like elephants and it takes thirty minutes to leave. An anonymous staff member started helping us carry our strollers so I started to complain to said person about how when I complained to the administration about this I was told the problem would be fixed. This person said, “They are just saying that to get you off their backs. They don’t care about regular moms or kids. They only care about celebrities.”
I was reminded of this quote.
I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.
Most moms in New York want to get their kids into this preschool. I think part of the allure is that it is so hard to get into. While I love Grouch Marx’s comedy I disagree with him on this quote. If a school is too stupid to accept Princess A I don’t want her to attend it because she is the best kid ever. I know I am biased but I don’t want to be one of those NYC parent’s who treats the preschool acceptance process like some kind of S&M dating disaster where I only want what is highly unattainable. I want Princess A to go to a preschool that realizes how awesome she is and doesn’t make moms, grandmas, and handicapped people wait in line for 30 minutes to ride an elevator because they can’t get their shit together.
Ok, thanks for listening. I am done with my rant now!