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Thursday, April 24

Wicked Witch of the West


I guess after yesterday, that is my new label. As mom's, we wear many hats. And with this job, comes all the various labels we at some point will have pinned on us. So be it.

It's 3:20 yesterday and Garrin and I are waiting for Hannah and Connor to come out to the car from school, so we can head down to the pool. Connor gets to the car, and we start chatting about his day at school. They had Field Day, and so he was telling me about all the fun things he did. Slowly the parking area is clearing out, car by car, until low and behold, we are the only vehicle left and I am wondering - where the heck is Hannah???

With all the drama that accompanies being a fifth grader these days, I am starting to worry...

Then my cell phone rings and it is the school's number on the caller ID.

"Hello?..."

"Mom??? (sob, sob..........snort...........sob.................)"

and this continued on for what seemed to be 10 minutes.............

As I am yelling at her to calm down we are talking, I drive to the front of the school.

Long story short.

The kids PE teacher asked for 3 volunteers from the 5th grade to help with the 1st and 2nd graders Field Day activities. Hannah and her two buddies from the concert volunteered, but neglected to tell their teacher. When it was over and time to go back to class, they got in trouble.

(ENCARTA)

in trouble 1. discovered in wrongdoing and liable to be punished

The teacher made it clear to them that she was extremely upset with them for not letting her know where/when/why they were not in class.

As she should have, I believe. Hannah was humiliated by getting in trouble. She also "thought" I would be mad. She was completely and utterly-out-of-control-sobbing, blubbering, whatever-you-want-to-call-it-upset. She told everyone around her that she was so afraid that I was going to ground her - take her swimming away......etc, etc............

Funny thing is...here is a kid who rarely gets in trouble.....rarely......

When I do "ground her" - I threaten - but never follow through.

Shame on me. You may attach my new name tag to me now.

PS Jerolyn - Thanks for loving my daughter enough to call me and check on her....

12 comments:

Tutta la Storia said...

I think you should wash her mouth out with soap. Naawww!! Poor kid! Volunteering and getting in trouble for it! See, that's what happens when you try to be a good citizen!!

Bill said...

thanks Allison.. I agree!!!!! Also... why was Hannah just worried about what her mother was going to do.... not me??

the Dad.

Gini said...

Uhhh, what did you say Mr. Softee?? Mr. I'd-rather-not-be-the-discipliner? Love you, Daddy.

carissa... brown eyed fox said...

bless her heart... really sounds like she was truly embarrased by her mistake.
she was helping out... how fun... probably was so excited... all the rest flew out the window (telling teacher).
girl... oh the lessons in life! :)

Bill said...

Again I agree with your readers. Thanks Carissa!! I wonder what the punishment was for the PE teacher that did not take the responsibilty to notify the teacher that he was taking these 3 innocent kids from class? LLL, Me

Jerolyn said...

Poor thing, she was VERY upset when I saw her in the hall. My thought was, why didn't her teacher just walk outside and tell them she wasn't pleased with them for not telling her themselves, have them come back to class, and pick 3 other volunteers? Seems the punishment doesn't fit the crime here...besides since when is volunteering a crime? sheesh~

Bill said...

Jer..because today... humiliation is a form of punishment. Ok Gin, I will let it go...

love ya.....

Jerolyn said...

Bill,
I TOTALLY think the punishment SUCKS and is completely unnecessary. As upset as the girls were yesterday after getting scolded, that was enough punishment in my book. Then again the title of my book is,

"The First Time I Ever Got Grounded in My Life Was For 90 Days Therefore I am Not a Reliable Diciplinarian"

it's a page turner I tell ya!!!

Kim said...

Poor Hannah... I can see the teacher being concerned, but I agree, Jerolyn - why wait to address it?

Redhead in Vegas said...

i'm confused. did the teacher scold them in front of the class? did they get detentions or something? i hope not.

Redhead in Vegas said...

by the way-
i'm not sure if you ever sent me your email so i can add you to my blog. my email address is carey_p@yahoo.com

hannah said...

gr