Do you have Safety Town in your city? It’s a program here that teaches incoming Kindergarteners all about riding a school bus, crossing the street, how to dial 911, and other safety facts.
It’s pretty cool. Sydney, 5, enjoyed her first full week of Safety Town and is well on her way to “graduating” at the end of this week.
Meanwhile, I got yelled at for being a Bad Mom at Safety Town.
It’s not that I’m not safe. It’s that I supposedly held my daughter back from acquiring a serious life skill. Let me explain.
I drove Sydney to the middle school where Safety Town is being held. We parked and got out. I wanted to walk her to her classroom, see it myself, and say hello to her teacher. I actually know her teacher from our church.
“Oh, we can take her in,” said a young man wearing a Safety Town t-shirt when Sydney and I arrived at the front doors.
“Am I not allowed to take her in?” I asked. (For the record, I admit I am a rule-follower to a fault.)
From 20 yards away, out in the parking lot, I heard a booming voice, “IT’S AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARDS GETTING HER READY FOR KINDERGARTEN!”
Did someone just yell at me?
Does someone think I can’t let go of my baby?
I saw an older teacher’s assistant in the parking lot, manning the drop off lane — and giving me the stink eye.
“Let’s go in,” I said quietly to Sydney.
We snuck down the hall.
Sydney’s teacher was Out. Sick.
At least Sydney seemed oblivious to the fact that I hindered her development by walking her to the classroom rather than dumping her at the front door!
Have you been yelled at or given the stink eye lately?!