Thursday, January 29, 2009

Oh, I don't know, maybe the weather?

I'm calling to talk to you about your son's absenses--

His what?

--his absences. He's missed 3 days of class, and it's hurting his grade--

His grade? Wait. What absences? When? I haven't authorized any absences for him.

Let's see....um...looks like, every Friday of this month...

WHAT?

- one is unexcused, but the rest it looks like you called in and said he was sick. So, anyway, his grade in my glass has fallen to an F, and since he's a senior...

Why haven't I gotten any calls from the attendance computer?

Is your number 896-5610?

No. In fact, as I recall, that is the high school principle's number.
(and so on.)

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Text messages, with 17-year-old son:

MOM: 2 DS. 1 F. ABSENCES on JAN 9, 16, 23, 26. U R IN BIG TROUBLE.

SON: I WASN'T GONE ON 26.

MOM: NO TV NO I-NET WE WILL REVISIT YOUR SITUATN IN MARCH.

SON: WHAT. NO. U CANT DO THAT

MOM: HAVE TALKED TO REGISTAR, COUNSLR & TCHRS.
MOM: U R 2 COME STRAIGHT HOME FROM SCHOOL NO NEGOTIATN!! I. AM. PISSED!!

SON: ABOUT WHAT?

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19 comments:

  1. I love the tag! Seriously only 5 words: Hang on, he's almost gone..
    :)

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  2. OMG - tears.streaming.down.my.face.
    We had the junior varsity version of that situation in our house last night! (We, too, will reevaluate in March.) I know you are likely not laughing so I can't claim to be laughing with you - but...there is a wonderful horribleness about your post. It is wonderful to me to know that we are not the only parents wanting to bang our heads against a brick wall from hearing questions like, "about what?" and it is horrifying to think how many more years we have to go with this nonsense!

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  3. Um. Well, for me, it's .3 years. He graduates May 18, and he's the youngest.

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  4. Oh no! I know its not funny for you, but I am crying laughing at your post.

    KIDS THESE DAYS!

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  5. OMG I would choke that young'un. wow. i want to laugh because it's not me. good luck.

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  6. About what?! Oh man...I'll remember to treasure these younger years!

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  7. Are you serious?!?

    Well my son got on "busted" this week which means a detention after school.

    Son:"I was only raising my hand, and she didn't call on me, she thought I was blurting the answer out, it was a misunderstanding." Mom: "What happened the two other times she had to speak to you?"
    Son: "Oh, I was talking when I shouldn't of."

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  8. See, now this is the sort of conversation that makes me reevaluate (too late) the decision that put in the position to currently be parenting a 3,4,5 and 6 year old....someday they will put me through adolescent hell.....

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  9. I can feel your fury and wrath....and I completely support your disciplinary action. :o)

    I will now go back to researching ways to postpone parenthood....

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  10. OMG.... Kids are amazing. When the SWAT team call and your daughter is negotiating then you havve caught up to me. It's amzing that we all survive.

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  11. "About what?"

    Oh my goodness, Misty. My son is only a year and a half. Is this what I have to look forward to? I hope I can insert some humor into the situation like you have. Good luck!!

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  12. Mike gramma says raising teenagers is like being pecked to deth by a duck. Hang in there!

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  13. Jimmy Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life: "Why'd we have all these darn kids anyway?"

    Marge: "Homer, don't forget your promise to the kids."
    Homer: "That's right. When you're 18, you're outta here."

    Good job on your end imposing discipline. That's the hard way that many parents refuse to take. My oldest is 21 and now he thinks I'm pretty smart.

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  14. Keep parenting...at least you are a parent who doesn't make excuses for your kid.
    He will benefit in the long run.

    And what's with the phone # mix-up?

    I say blame most of it on bad software...

    You will appreciate him again when he is 30...maybe.

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  15. The Navy's going to be shock... big one if they don't let him, bigger if they do I'm sure....

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  16. I love reading these stories. It make me feel in good company :-))

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  17. I would SO kill my kids if they pulled crap like that. Grounded.For.Life. Okay, so I'm a little dramatic, but it would tick me off beyond belief.

    hang in there.

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  18. Hoo! I am probably the only non-parent with the cajones to comment, but that made me laugh so hard.

    The fact that I am not currently having conversations like that with a child of my own is the reason that MY mother is so pissed.

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  19. Welcome to Senioritis. Oh wait - you have traveled this road before.

    It has to be particularly bad for an enlisted man.

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