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Stupid Kid Tricks

November 8th, 2007 (07:41 pm)
current mood: mystified

 "Hello. I'm the assistant principal from your son's school."

No happy telephone conversation ever started out that way. I received such a call yesterday afternoon. The very nice man went on to tell me that my son's pants were badly ripped down the front of one leg. The bizarre part was how this happened. My son claimed another boy, Brian, ripped his pants. Brian admitted that he did it, but said that he ripped the pants only because my son told him to, and that afterward he congratulated him: "Great job, Brian!"

After another boy corroborated Brian's story, my son admitted that yes, he did tell him to do it. Asked why he would urge another boy to do such a thing, he replied only, "I don't know." My guess is that Brian is someone whose friendship he covets, and he thought this would be a way of amusing Brian and thus being accepted as "one of the cool kids." Beyond that, I'm mystified -- and ticked off, since the pants were expensive and were almost brand new; it was only the second time he had worn them! I don't think he had anything against these pants in particular. In fact, that morning when he put them on, he told me he liked them. They were the soft, elastic-waist, flannel pants that he finds especially comfortable. And while I'm no seamstress, I'm pretty sure they are unsalvageable now. I'm trying not to overreact. He's a kid; kids do really dumb things sometimes, and often for no good reason. But yesterday was NOT a good day.

Oh, to understand the brains of little boys.


Posted by: Allison Stein (astein142)
Posted at: November 9th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)

Speechless. (But just for grins, I'd probably patch them up with iron-on tape and have him wear them for messy, grungy at-home days. But that's the non-parent in me talking, who at the moment happens to be wearing ancient flannel men's jammy pants decorated with penguins and coffee stains.)

Posted by: petrini1 (petrini1)
Posted at: November 9th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)

Unfortunately, they're way beyond what iron-on tape could fix. And probably way beyond any surgical miracles by my seamstress mother. If they were a horse, I'd have to shoot 'em.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: November 14th, 2007 11:27 pm (UTC)

Bummer about the pants. Boys do weird things to get other boys attention. I once had a student climb over the bathroom stall divider -well he started to climb over and then he fell on top of the other boy who was trying to pee. They had no explanation for me! But the best part was as I was trying to get to the bottom of what had happened a fellow teacher walked by, heard me and started laughing so I had to fight not to crack a smile while talking to the boys - the worst part was calling the mother of the child who fell on top of the other and explaining what her son did.


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