On Monday morning, my daughter, age 5, allowed her big brother to take her new Sandy Cheeks eraser to school to show his friends.
On Monday afternoon, after being picked up from school, my son reported that the Sandy eraser was now in the “June Box”.
“What’s the June Box?” I asked.
“It’s this box that if something goes in there, you don’t see it until June.”
“Well, Anonymous was playing with it,” he said dramatically, “and Mrs. Teacher saw it and told him to stop and he didn’t and now it’s in the June Box.”
At this point, I start berating my son just as my daughter understands that June means a long time from now and starts crying.
I berate my son some more, over the cacophony of tears, and then propose a solution. We will tell Mrs. Teacher that the Sandy eraser is his little sister’s, while not making excuses for why it ended up in the June Box. In exchange for his little sister’s eraser, my son will supply one of his favorite erasers to take up residence in the June Box.
Yeah, that’ll work. It’s like when Belle substituted herself for her father, Maurice, in the Beast’s dungeon in Beauty in the Beast. Mrs. Teacher has a boy and a girl herself. Surely she’ll understand when she learns that she’s holding a 5-year-old’s eraser hostage. And my son will get something he loves locked away as due punishment.
Tuesday morning before I leave for work I call and leave a message for the teacher. “That Sandy Squirrel eraser…It’s his little sister’s…She’s been crying…I’m sorry for what he did, and I’m not excusing his behavior… he’s going to give you one of his favorite erasers instead…Blah, blah…I know I’m insane. Thank you very much…Blah, Blah.”
So, dear readers, what do you think happened?
Tuesday night Will reported that Mrs. Teacher would not do the exchange.
I would have appreciated a phone call on that decision, Mrs. Teacher! I’m not making excuses for whatever my son and his friends did to get the Sandy eraser confiscated, but I’ve got a little 5-year-old girl who was very mature to let her brother borrow that silly eraser and now you’re punishing her. Really? REALLY?
Am I being unreasonable?
I’ll say it again.
Dawn Kulczynski says
Alright – let’s get a petition going…
I think I’d flip my lid and demand it back. In person. Don’t even ask, just tell her how it’s going to be!
I’ll send in the 5-year-old when she’s in a real peach of a mood and have her demand it!
Ashley L says
I like the idea of sending your 5-year old. Also, you should call her again and let her know you were serious – just in case she missed that part. OR call again and ask her when would be a good time for you to come pick up Sandy. Bring the 5-year old with you.
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Erin @ My Mommy World says
Wow, that teacher is hard core! Is she on some kind of weird power trip or something? I think you are being totally reasonable in asking for an exchange. Maybe take it up with the principal?
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Interesting. I would have the 5 year old give her a call sobbing and crying asking for it and that the teacher can have one of her brother’s erasers. Perhaps that “June Box” can be her parent appreciation gift for the end of the year.
I’d like to say that you guys all rock!!
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Jeez, don’t you think June is a bit excessive to keep an object hostage? I understand “teaching the kiddos a lesson” but I think the end of the week would be sufficient, not three months! Is the eraser something that can be replaced or did you get it someplace like a gum dispenser where you’d have to leave it to chance and a roll of quarters to gain another one?? WTH is up with teachers these days….
The Mommy Psychologist says
Sounds completely reasonable to me. Shoot, June is along time for ME!
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She sounds as bad as MY 3rd grade teacher…centuries ago…Atilla the Hun’s sister! Please tell her that your Teacher Friend in CA says that is WRONG! What point is she trying to prove??!! And – Not responding to Your call??!!! Unconscionable! Perhaps I should come and take her place – and be a good teacher for your children… ;-} I look forward to hearing what happens….
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