Thursday, October 30, 2008

My Mama Said

I’m not sure I can ever face Brother’s teacher again.

Last week, Brother came home and told me that one of the Parent Helpers at school had thrown away his napkin at lunch because he got yogurt all over it. Bid deal, right?

Well, yes. Yes, it is.

Because this wasn’t a super absorbent Bounty we’re talking about here. It was a Fabkin. In an effort to be more green this year, I spent a ridiculous amount of money on the cutest ever little cloth napkins for the kids lunch boxes. Last week, someone tossed one in the trash because it had yogurt on it.

I’ll admit that when he told me, I probably had a look of horror shock on my face. I may or may not have said, “She did what? Didn’t she realize that it was made of cloth? Didn’t she realize that I spent your college money on those napkins and they were supposed to be passed down one day to your own son? Why? WHY? WHY?”

Then, I composed myself and shrugged it off. No big deal. It’s just a napkin. JUST A NAPKIN.

I forgot all about it until he came home from school Tuesday. As I buckled him in, he said, “Oh, Mom. Mrs. B got my napkin back for you.”

“What do you mean, bud?”

“I told Mrs. B that you said she better get my napkin back out of that trash can.”

Feeling sheepish, I tried to backtrack. “Brother, I didn’t say that! It was no big deal, really.”

“Mom, YOU SAID. So, I told Mrs. B that you were mad and that you said she needed to get my napkin out of that trash can.”

Mrs. B is the sweetest lady and the best preschool teacher. I’m not just saying that because I feel like a huge jerk. She really is. I am so embarrassed that she now thinks I commanded her to dig through four days worth of trash to find a measly napkin. I’m hoping she’s forgotten all about it before we have our parent’s conference with her next week.


  1. HA HA HA HA!!! I'd send a note to school with him or call her telling her that he missunderstood what mommy said about the napkin and to thank her kindly for getting it back out of the trash.

    Maybe if you confront her now about it, she'll realize that no hard feelings were held.

  2. Oh wow. I would send a note or e-mail too. I love how kids take what we say and just twist it around. To cute!!

  3. Don't you love it when your kids interpret what you said to another adult and WHAM! instant embarrasment ... *sigh* It happens even as they near Jr. High.

  4. These baskets look phenomenal. I so want one! Thank you for the great giveaway and have a safe and Happy Halloween.

  5. I am so sorry for laughing:) But out of the mouths of babes or so they say!

  6. Oh, that poor teacher. Kids take everything so literally.

  7. She's definitely expecting you to show up in white gloves and a pillbox hat. With a basket of homemade cookies. I mean, you use CLOTH napkins in lunch boxes!

    This is so hysterical... can I call you Martha? Oh, I'm sorry. MAY I call you Martha?

    This has me laughing out loud... and I applaud your going green!

  8. Oh my gosh girl can I tell you how hard I am laughing!!!!
    Ok yes at your expense! Does it make it better if I promise to share those stories with you once my little man is in school so you can laugh at me.
    Gotta love life and motherhood!!!
    Missing you
    Can I write that every time or will your readers think I am a crazy?!?

  9. How funny! Well now it is anyway, but I'm sure it wasn't funny at all when he first told you about it. Kids!


  10. Okay, THAT was funny!
    How embarassing for you, or maybe not. Very funny.
    4 days of trash, OUCH.
    Can't wait to hear about the conference, do tell how it goes!
    Maybe you could print your post and give it to her.
    Good luck (giggle giggle).

  11. Oh no! That's funny and embarassing all at the same time.

    I agree with the others...I think a note would be a nice gesture, even though she probably understands, working around kids the way she does.

    Linked from POW.