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    She lost her pen and I lost my mind

    March 21, 2011

    K: Where is your folder?
    Ethan: I don’t know. MOM! We need to find a place to put my bag EVERY SINGLE DAY so I have a routine and can find it.
    K: Who said those words to you?
    E: My teacher.
    K: Exactly. Did you mention to her that you have a specific HOOK by the door for your bag?
    E: No. I forgot.
    K: Just like you forgot to hang up your bag. Your bag, dude. Your problem.

    Fastforward to the afternoon, when I find his folder. Inside is a yellow 😐 face for yesterday, which is not a green :-). I lie in wait to attack him as he gets off the bus.

    K: I found your folder today.
    E: Good.
    K: What’s up with the yellow deadpan face from yesterday?
    E: What are you talking about?
    K: Yellow face with a mouth that goes like this (miming a horizontal line).
    E: I think she had to use yellow because she lost her green pen.
    K: (holding up the evidence) Seriously? She lost her green pen? So she used a yellow pen and accidently made a face like this? (miming horizontal line again)
    E: Oh. Well these kids were talking to me and they wouldn’t stop and then I got in trouble.
    K: So you told me she lost her green pen?
    E: I didn’t want you to be mad.
    K: I just cruised past mad, my friend.

    His father thought the lie was clever. This is what I’m working with, people. I am so screwed.

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    1. Amber Jumper says:

      Thanks for sharing! Thats totally something my daughter would say!

      March 24th, 2011 at 7:24 am

    2. Vicky says:

      And this is why we love play dates at your house.

      March 30th, 2011 at 11:11 am

    3. Liz Cooke says:

      Love the part where the child tells you that his teacher suggests that you find a special place for the bag. I love when our kids make us out to be the problem! My boys have done that kind of thing to me over and over (and we too have hooks and cubbies, etc).

      June 17th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    4. Meg says:

      It took me the entire school year to understand what my kindergartener was talking about when he said “I didn’t move my clip today” – or, of more concern, “Trent talked to me and I talked to him and I had to move my clip to yellow.” I think it’s like the smiley-face thing your son was dealing with.

      GAH I am so happy school is over.

      June 20th, 2011 at 7:56 am

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