Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Okay, maybe not the most wonderful, but being able to go out to breakfast with 2 friends because the kids are all back in school? PRETTY DAGGONE WONDERFUL!

We had a breakfast that lasted THREE HOURS. I think we needed the chat time. :) It was kind of funny, because all of our kids had experienced a meltdown in the last few days. School-related stresses, I'm sure. Somehow sharing stories with other moms just makes you feel better.

For example, I thought I won the "Worst Mom of the Year" Award yesterday, but as it turns out, I had some competition... if you asked a few kids, that is. :) All I did was ask my youngest to change his shorts. Yep. Change his shorts. A calamity, let me assure you. But, one of my friends simply wouldn't let her son have two eggs (to start with) instead of one for breakfast. He could have the second egg IF he finished the first. Uh-oh. Meltdown. We both completely felt better after we shared stories. I love how that works.

And, of course, we had to discuss the school system. We've all now had the joys of dealing with one particular teacher, whom we've nicknamed "Barbie." Ahem. Well, she does give off that aura. My one friend, whose motto is, "if you can't say something nice, sit next to me," thinks "Barbie" is dumb as a stump. Now, I don't know about that, but I DO object to feeling like I need to edit almost everything she writes, especially on the online school site. Silly me, I think spelling is important. (I know, I know, you can most certainly find errors in my blog, but I'm not writing to my students here, either.)

The other problem is her tendency to lack professionalism. For example, when we gave her a fan for her desk as a Christmas gift, she very kindly sent my son a thank you note. My son was 9 years old at the time. She's around 30 years old. She actually told him that the fan would be very helpful with her hot flashes. I kid you not. Tommy was most confused. It was obviously a joke, but for a 9-year-old?

So, my friend, who likes to chat, was talking to her electrician and telling him these stories.

My friend: "This teacher can hardly spell and she's so unprofessional!"
Electrician: "Well, that ain't hardly right!"

Yeah, you have to love West Virginia.


Carpool Queen said...

I'm going to wait to comment about my son's teacher until I'm sure she passes him.

Then, the gloves come off.

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

My kids have been having meltdowns over the silliest things as well. I think they just haven't gotten used to getting up so early and are overtired. Hopefully things will be back to normal in a couple of weeks!

And the hot flash joke - very unfunny!

Chris said...

Hi Susan! :) It's hard keeping the gloves on, isn't it? One thing about it, I know your son is in great hands having you for a mom. Hang in there!

Chris said...

Hi Beth!

Wow! I feel so honored! Two moms that I greatly respect from their blogs stopped by and commented! :) This is a good day. :)

I don't think I've gotten used to getting up early either! Plus, my kids are in two different schools so it takes from 7 AM until 9:15 AM to get them all safely on their way. It's kind of amazing.

I'm glad you agree about the joke. It was not for a 9-year-old boy. Considering my age and how I'm staring all that in the face myself, I didn't find it funny either. But, I didn't mind that part. I just didn't like my son feeling uncomfortable about it.

I hope the meltdowns melt away! ;)

Daisy said...

It is great to be able to get together with another mom and hash things out. I'm glad you got to have such a little time off. Getting the kids back to school is always a lot of work.

Daisy said...

What I meant to type was "I'm glad you got to have a little time off." HA! Brain wasn't in gear first obviously. :D

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