Friday, May 18, 2007

Mom Has a Cross Tic

Let’s suppose your 10-year-old fourth grade son gave this to you. What reaction would you have?

Let me set the stage ever so slightly. [Against my typical nature, I’ll try to babble very little.]

Eldest didn’t get me anything for Mother’s Day. He did manage to wish me a happy one, but there was no card or anything. He pointed out that it wasn’t his fault that it hadn’t been finished on Friday.

On Monday, when I went to pick him up, his teacher took the two of us aside and handed his handiwork to me, saying, “Eldest told me you were upset that he didn’t get it finished. He left early on Friday, so it wasn’t done. I’m so sorry.”

Eldest was so proud of this. He thinks it’s spectacular. He figured I’d appreciate his good humor about cleaning house and envying Springsteen. It doesn’t enter his mind that maybe I don’t want to be known for a clean house. He doesn’t think that maybe the teacher has some legal or moral obligation to call Child Protective Services for his “H.”

I've not said anything negative about it beyond repeating the "H" line several times, incredulously, to him. Trying to look at it objectively -- not an easy task for someone prone to rants which scare my children -- it definitely is original and heartfelt.

All I’m hoping for now is that it’s not displayed at Open House the week after next.


Kristin said...

Love your blog Patty!!
thanks for sending me the link!

that card is the Springsteen addition to it...I'ma diehard fan myself..having grown up in New England...

see you at school.

catty Kristin

Jessica said...

I see a career in greeting cards in his future. LOL

Anonymous said...

This is one of the funniest posts I've read in a really long time. Classic!

... said...

it's obvious that your son loves you dearly. but isn't it scary thinking that they can say the wrong thing at the wrong time. or that your life can be misjudged by innocent things that come out of their mouths.

i've read a few of your others posts and really enjoyed myself. i'll be back.


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