Friday, October 23, 2009

Hug the one your with

Hug your family, friends, and friends that are family.

That is all for today.

Enjoy life!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Hate crime" (thoughts needed)

What constitutes a hate crime?
Now I know that hate and crime are not the best words to use, so the definition is loose here.
If my child is called a name in a derogatory manner that is based on his race I can understand that being a "hate crime". How about if my child a called a name in a derogatory manner based on his gender? Is that crossing the line? If a boy at school is saying "you catch like a gaylord" is that a hate crime or is it bullying? Regardless of how he catches true or not it bothers me. Do I tell him to tell the teacher in a manner that says it is inappropriate? Do I let it slide after all they are only kids? Where do you draw the line on "hate crime". Again, I use the term loosely. We are talking 7 year olds so I understand the need for some leniency; however, did a child just get suspended for bringing a cub scout tool to school? Yes, these are apples and oranges, but I do not know what is a "hate issue"
Do I feel that if my child calls someone a gaylord that he will get suspended? Sure. After all my maternal instinct says that unless you know my kid you are out to punish first ask questions later.

October is complete another dear friend has been diagnosed with cancer and an uncle has passed away. Please let 2009 be over with.

Enjoy life!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

My afternoon yesterday

Names are changed to protect the next door neighbor.

Missed a call at work yesterday and checked my voice mail message at 4:30:
Message from Hubs Mommyrox – where is Bud? I am at Daycare center. Call me.
I called Hubs on his cell.
Me: What do you mean Where is Bud? he should be there.
Hubs: No he is not here.
I hang up and call the school transportation department. I tell them who I am where I live and that my son who is 7 did not go to Daycare.
The lady at transportation (tsp) says hold on while I call your bus driver, he is a substitute.
I hold and hold and hold.
Tsp comes back on: there are no extra children on the bus.
Me: Where is my son? Where did he go? (believe it or not I am calm. Shocker I know.)
Tsp: Please hold again. Longer this time.
Tsp: your son is at the neighbors house Mrs. Jones, she has him.
Me: WHO? I do not know who that is.
TSP: that is your neighbor.
Me: No, my neighbor is Mrs. Smith. What is her first name?
TSP: Her first name is Jane.
Me: Is her daughter Suzie?
TSP Yes, but we do not have her listed as Smith we have her as Jones.
I let tsp know that she is a Dr. and the kids call her Mrs. Smith (like they really care) so my missing child is located at the neighbors and that Hubs is on his way to get him.

I call Daycare place in a stern mommy voice and tell them that my son did not get off the bus there and that he is their responsibility. They should have called me when he did not get off the bus at 4:00 and that from 4:00-4:45 my son was not accounted for by people who were supposed to be watching him. I will not run down the could haves because I will get mad.

I called the bus garage and asked what is the policy for dropping children off at home when there is not an open door nor any cars in the drive way? They said they typically do not let the kids go from the primary school. I do not hold the bus garage at fault and I told them, because had Daycare called I could have had Bud re routed from that bus to Daycare before he got off alone. James did say that he sat on the front step for a few minutes and it was too cold so he went to Mrs. Smiths' house because a car was there.

I cancelled the daycare effective today and now he is going to another neighbors house. I filed a complaint with Child and Family services against the Daycare center. I don't think that I am overreacting in this day and age. For 15 minutes of my day I did not know where my child was. He was unaccounted for by the center for 45 minutes. Things happen in the blink of an eye. Yes my child is responsible for a 7 year old, but not to be left alone. He is only 7.

Yes, all is well that ends well. I gave him a big hug when I got home and gave him some extra strawberry ice cream. I also took some home made applesauce over to the neighbors.

Enjoy life!

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Glasses not one, but two pair

Doesn't it figure that a week before school pictures Bud breaks his glasses. Not an easy break either, it's the part where the hinge folds the glasses.
Well to be honest he did not break them. The bow or arm or what ever you want to call it just slid off. So the natural thing to do would be to take the glasses to the repair place and get them fixed pronto! Apparently the hubs did not WANT to take the glasses to get fixed. Something about teaching Bud a lesson. ARRGGHH So three days after they were broken on Saturday after I put 200 miles on the mom mobile I had to tack on another 100 driving to the eyeglass place and back to the hockey rink to make sure that I get the glasses back in time for school pictures (this Friday). No guarantee though. We gave bud the back up glasses and don't ya know it the part that holds the padding for the nose piece broke "in the middle of morning meeting" it was a very exasperated statement from a 7 year old. I did have to laugh at that part. Like he had to meet with the CEO or something.
So now we are down 2 pair of glasses and we have none for school pictures. The pair that he is wearing now has this white pad on the nose piece where the broken part is. Stands out like a broken leg.
It looks like I am running to the instant glasses place to get him a pair of glasses on Thursday night if we do not have glasses by then. Thank goodness his practice is at 5:10 which gives me enough time to get them done. Anything else to add to my week????

Enjoy life!