Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Kid is Trouble

Here is the email I received today (names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent):

Today foods class I had a bag of flour on my desk that I had purchased last night and did not have time to put away before class.
Boy 1 picked it up for some reason and passed it to his friend Boy 2.  Boy 2 passed it back but Boy 1 did not catch it.  Needless to say I had flour all over my pantry and the front of the room as they tried to clean it up and hide it from me.  Boy 1 did convince Anonymous Administrator to let him come at the end of 5th with a friend and he did pick up some of the mess but there is still flour behind the bookshelves and on the flour containers and the floor in the pantry.
Would you please talk to your sons about the principle that if it is not yours you do not pick it up.  I cannot imagine what good they thought would come from this mess.

My response?

I kind of laughed.

I know.  Does that make me one of "those" parents?  It does!  I know it does!  And yet...I still laughed!

It helps that I kind of know she's a bit of a grumpy teacher just hanging on for retirement.  And if there's one thing I know, it's that grumpy teachers hanging on for retirement should NOT be teaching 14 year old boys.  Should 14-year-old boys be throwing around bags of flour?  Heavens no, and he will be writing a letter of apology and paying for the flour, as well as cleaning her room to her satisfaction, and my email to her made that clear.

But really?  I love that this is such an old-fashioned problem to be having in school with 14-year-old boys.  No drugs, no smoking, no alcohol, no gangs, no cheating on tests, no fighting.  Just good boys getting a little out of hand in Foods Class.

I hope I'm always this lucky.


Liz said...

hahaha! You are such a good Mom!!! I'm so thankful for your example to me, a very uptight Mom who stresses too much and forgets to laugh when kids act like kids!

Jill W. said...

I love it.

Karin Webb said...

That was awesome- I'm glad you chose to laugh!

Gaylene said...

Laughing out loud. Loved it! I agree, better the flour and a big apology than the things most kids struggle with these days!

The Dances said...

Laugh away...I'm sure the teachers at my old job would have much preferred spilled flour to the problems we faced with our 13 and 14 year-olds. That's why you're the perfect balance for a mom - knowing that the apology should be there as a teaching moment but realizing that there are bigger things in life to really worry about.

Tyson and Laurel said...

Awesome. I love this story. ;) This is exactly the kind of problems we all need to have when we have fourteen year old boys.

Lara said...

You have a good attitude. And after I read that email I thought to myself, "what a grumpy teacher!"

Sophia G said...

=) haha... oh Josh.

Brett Abbott said...

I got busted in home ec at YLMS. Mrs. Camp was the teacher, and for some reason she brought her 10-year old son. He was sitting in the front totally picking his nose. I made a joke about it, not realizing it was her son - although who else could it have been? - and got busted.