It has been seventeen months in the planning.
When Peanut was first accepted into the Waldorf preschool I had fallen in love with, the two teacher/owners warned me they would be retiring after his first year there. It got me and a dear friend thinking about the possibility of our taking it over. We both agreed it would be sad for our community to lose such a wonderful program. After much thought and consideration we approached the teachers and asked if we could buy the school from them. They were thrilled! The idea that the school they started would be continuing made them both so happy. They also wouldn't have to worry about transforming back into a home, the house they had converted into a school. And in today's horrible housing market, they were to have a sure sale of the house.
So it all began. We were nervous, considering all the downfalls of buying a business. But we went forward. I have a teaching background but needed some Waldorf type training, so we both enrolled in the Lifeways program. We needed money, so we each managed to squirrel away enough for the down-payment. We needed a loan, so we got prequalified. We needed to be licensed, so that entire application process began (we attended meetings, seminars and registered for specific child care classes). We needed materials, so we registered as a business and began purchasing things. We opened a bank account, made brochures, started a web page and gathered information about our school being a drop-off site for a CSA. We needed families, so we began advertising, interviewing and building up our class size and had sixteen families registered already. I have a meeting scheduled in ten days to meet six more families.
The day after I posted my last entry talking about how busy I was and mentioned the preschool, one of the owners called and said she's changed her mind. She's decided to keep the school. This was the one scenario I never anticipated.
And just like that, it's all over. My head is spinning.
Well, at least spring is almost here. Or is it?