Thursday, December 14, 2006

I Had to Go to the Principal's Office

My blog has definitely taken a turn and has become a blog about the challenges of a working-outside-the-home mother. I struggle every day with getting up and getting the kids ready for school on my own because Rey is already at work. It's a struggle, especially for a non-morning person like myself. I've joked about how many times I've gotten my daughter to school late and that she's going to get kicked out of the Vanguard program because of me. I know it's totally me and I take complete responsibility for my actions. :)

It all came to a head yesterday when the Assistant Principal called me at work.

Apparently my daughter's very strict (and rightfully so) teacher asked him to call me. Or so he said in what, I know I wasn't imagining, was an apologetic tone. I almost felt sorry for him! He told me about the importance of establishing good habits early on in kindergarten. He said that although it didn't seem important now in Kinder it really does make a difference later in the higher grades. In other words he told me everything that I already know but don't follow.

But THE BEST PART of all was when he asked me, "What can we do to help you get her to school on time?" Isn't that the most hilarious thing to ask someone??? I came up with several answers but I couldn't bring myself to say any of them. I don't think it would have gone over well with him. But then again, he may have laughed.

1. Which direction do you come from? Do you think you can pick her up on your way in?
2. Can you call to wake me up in the morning?
3. Can you come over and help me get the kids ready and out the door?
4. Can you move the school closer to me?

Okay I know these are silly but it was funny to imagine myself saying any of these. Rey thinks that buying an automatic coffee maker with an alarm might help. I think they should fine me $2 per minute for every day that I'm late like they do if I'm late picking her up in the evening. I can donate the money to her class and they can buy something or have pizza one day.

Any ideas? And don't say, "Just get your lazy butt up early enough to get her there!" That's a given and I have to do that anyway. Plus if you answer that you're not being fun. Life is hard. It should be fun too!


Anonymous said...

swugpmzHere are some ideas. Quit your job and raise your child instead of slouching off to work late every day. Sell the SUV and buy a smaller car so you won't need the extra money. Sell your kid to the circus so you won't be bothered with her being late anymore.

ShoeGirl said...

OKAY, one of these was funny. I like the idea of selling the kids to the circus. But I'm not so sure about the first two, especially the first one, because I AM raising my child. She HAS to go to school so it's not like if I quit my job I can do a better job of raising her than I'm doing already. Interesting...

Saadia said...

OK - my respone to this will depend on your answer to this question: Are you always late to everything else? Appointments, meetings, field svc., family gatherings, flights, etc.

ShoeGirl said...

Yes, I run late to everything. Everything except flights. I get to those too early because I'm paranoid that I'll be late so I go to the other extreme.