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.