It was a VERY long week. I sometimes have those. Mainly because I tend to spew forth words that are best left in my head and not out in the open. This can be funny---in a bar, not necessarily with the parents of my second graders. Anyway, it was one of those weeks where I spent a lot of time putting out fires that I started so I should have known that when the bell rang Friday afternoon to forcibly shove the students out the door and CLOSE the door; not stand there and have conversations with the parents.
I overheard one parent say, “We’ll just go talk to Nebalee about that!” I thought, “Oh, God…Here we go!”
“What’s up,” I say.
“IS SHE ALWAYS THIS MEAN? She leaves your classroom mean everyday!”
“Huh? I’m not sure what you’re talking about. She is a pleasant, fun, engaging student in our room. What do you mean she’s always mean when she walks out of the classroom?” I question, as I am looking around at the children leaving my room, wondering who she was being mean to.
“She’s not mean to them! She’s mean to ME!”
“Oh… well, sometimes that happens,” I say. “It’s the age but I can assure you, she is behaving in class just fine. She is kind to her friends.”
“Well, that’s great but I want her to be kind to me!” the poor mom whined. “I want her to be my friend!”
Spewage started, “OH, NO YOU DON’T! GOD PUT YOU ON THIS EARTH TO BE HER MOTHER NOT HER FRIEND. SHE HAS PLENTY OF FRIENDS. SHE NEEDS YOU TO BE HER MOM!”
Now, I don’t necessarily feel my message was bad BUT I’m pretty sure in a public school I’m not supposed to mention, or refer to, God AND I’m pretty sure my delivery wasn’t subtle enough. I’ll be looking forward to my visit with the school board over this one. Maybe a nice Christian school will employ me?
Nebalee chose to leave off the ending. However, she was
The mother and her mean child walked away, stunned I'm sure. When they got a few feet away, FriendMom turned back to look at Nebalee, who couldn't let it go.
Not if you're a member of our family.
Nebalee leaned forward, tapped her temple and said, "You think long and hard about what I said this weekend."