Today, at 8:45 a.m., I was poised and waiting at the computer on
the Chicago Park
District website with my wishlist ready to add to my cart,
watching the countdown clock waiting for it to hit zero, hands
shaking and a lump in my throat while my nervous mind was
Will I click fast enough? What if my computer freezes
up? Did I put the right classes in my wishlist? What if
thousands of parents are planning to click on MY son's baseball
class and I get the dreaded "Class full, add to wait list"
Seriously, it's that competitive.
Of course there are many places to take classes in the city, but
none come close to the reasonably priced and wonderful Chicago Park
District programs. For example, Cubs Care Rookie Baseball for 10
weeks = FREE (yes, I got permission from my Cardinals fans husband
and son who said they would love for the Cubs to fund baseball
class while he wears his Cardinals jersey every week!), Arts and
Crafts for 10 weeks = $15, Gymnastics for 10 weeks = $45, Soccer
for 10 weeks = $18. Of course our taxes are funding the rest,
but that's part of the benefit of living in the city.
So I clicked baseball first, knowing it was more popular and had
only 10 slots available at the location I wanted. Sweet success-it
went into my cart! Quickly I went back and clicked Art, then
the others. My kids got in ALL of their classes!
YES! I am so happy.
Now I've been gloating all day, as my friends begin to swap park
district registration stories. This time, I'm the one everyone is
envying. No camping out in lines on Saturday, and I only spent $78
for four classes.
Bring on the snow, because this is a happy day in a city mom's
Did you get the classes you wanted? Share your Chicago Park
District registration stories here.
See more of Heather's stories here.
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