Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What were they thinking?

I couldn't help but wonder when I got the list of spelling words this week in Hanna's folder, what were they thinking? Did the teachers look at the words, and realize what was going to be created out of that list? The words this week for the "test" on Friday are: shop, shut, ship, sham, shed, and splash. In the truck this evening, Hanna and I were reviewing her words. I couldn't remember all the words.. I got to shop, shut & ship.. and said, "what else? what are we missing?" Hmm.. her mind at work, she said, "shop, ship, shut and.. sh*t". Yup, she said it! S-H-I-T. That was exactly what I thought was going to come out of this list! Of course, Hanna continued to say it, and spell it, correctly! The first time she said it, I said, "that's a bad word. Don't say it!" Since she's not one to listen to me these days, she continued, until I threatened the big "R" word.. restriction! I said, "If you say that one more time, you will be grounded!" That stopped it! Shew! Later, on the ride home, I threatened it again, if I saw her feet on the back of the seat again! You'd think 5 times was enough, wouldn't you? Of course, she pouted, and said,'You never like me! You're being ugly to me!"

Her day did not go well today. She had done so well yesterday, I was so pleased with her. But not today. I knew it was bad as soon as I pulled up to parent pick up, and her chin was dragging. I asked what kind of day. She cried, and said, "I really don't want you to look at my folder!" I looked.. Yikes! A lot of writing. Hanna said, "Zach wouldn't leave me alone! He made me talk!" Her paper had a green happy face, then a yellow one, followed by orange. Let me also add, yellow and orange are NOT happy faces. The note said, "sorry, she kept changing, and she pushed a child at the end of the day." I asked, "who'd you push?" "Kevin John! He wouldn't get away from my desk! I had to push him! Ms.Kelly was at her computer, and said we were playing the quiet game, and I raised my hand, and she wouldn't look up!" It must be so hard to be in kindergarten. I told her when we returned home, she was going to sit and watch a movie I'd bought.. "Fiddler on the Roof". I know, it sounds like and odd choice, but she loves the old movies, especially the musical ones. I was hoping for quiet, rest time. By 4 o'clock, her little friend came down, and they were going to play webkins or something like that. Okay, that's fine, I was engaged in a client call, and gearing up for my weekly conference call. I was all too happy to have Hanna the Grump entertained somewhere else! I'd had a "challenging day" myself, dealing with people!

When it came time to leave to pick up Daniel, the chaos began again! She started throwing a fit. She did not want to go. Her friend's step father was "missing" temporarily, and i was not quite sure what to do. We tracked him down, and Hanna wanted to stay with him. Since it's Wednesday, that means choir practice night, I'd planned on picking up Daniel and going to McDonald's. Hanna asked if her friend could come with us to McDonald's, I said no. That made her mad. Funny, the step father, Corey said.. she broke the rule, and asked in front of the friend. I said, "Yes, that, as well as the fit that's been going on for the last hour. Her attitude just bought her a trip in the truck!" Not to mention, I just didn't really want to go away, leaving my child running free in the street, under minimal supervision. When I'm home, I typically have my windows open, and have an open ear for things outside.. mostly things that go bump that should not when Hanna is around! It's one thing if I'm minimally supervising, but altogether different when it involves leaving my child in someone else's care.

I hope tomorrow is a better day!


Kim Lahaie Day said...

Hi Suzanne,

This posting exhausted me! I am so glad that those days are behind me, and I pray for endurance for you these next few years. Whew! Glad you came to choir, though, and helped us through those hymns. You are valuable to us and to your kidlings, whether they appreciate it or not........

I love you, dear friend!



Suzanne Chappell said...

Hi Kim,
It certainly was an exhausting day! The good news is, tomorrow is Friday, and I will be packing the camper! yay!

Judy came over this evening to gather the kids' stuff for the weekend. She saw the list of spelling words on our board, and chuckled. I said, "Yeah, you see where that list is going?" She nodded with a smile, and I jokingly referred to it as "the shit list!" Haha!

I wish you all well Sunday morning. I'll leave the music for the hymn in your box. Thanks for covering for me!

Love you too, Friend!