March 15 12

The name of my children’s school flashes across the call display.

My heart immediately skips a beat. Who is hurt? Who needs me? What happened?

I try to put on a brave face and my best Mama Bear voice. Only what squeaks out it a much more timid and terrified Baby Bear.


“I’m calling from school. EVERYONE’S FINE. But, Isabella needs shoes.”

“Excuse me?”

“She forgot her shoes at home and she only has her boots.”


“She says that she can’t go to gym and her teachers won’t let her wear boots in the classroom.”


“Can you bring her a pair of shoes right now?”

“I cannot.”

“Can you bring her a pair of shoes later?”

“Possibly. But honestly, can she not just sit out during gym…or wear her socks on the classroom carpet?”

“She says no.”

“I’m not asking her. She’s six. I’m asking you.”

“I suppose?”





But by okay she really means that she is going to call again tomorrow because someone forgot a pencil or a spoon or a headband or some such nonsense.

And yet.

Tomorrow, when my phone rings and the name of my children’s school flashes across the call display, I’m still going to freak out and wonder who is hurt, who needs me, and what happened. 

  1. I… yeah, um – shouldn’t said school employee know if a child can just sit out?


    ali replied on

    To be fair, I think responsibility might fall on the teacher who is allowing my first grader to go to the office and request a call home, yanno? Like, why can’t her teachers figure this out? Surely having boots and not shoes is not the END OF THE WORLD.


    Mari replied on

    Fair enough – but my elementary school required me to have a fever or be seriously upset (ie: I made a case for being distraught by bullying) enough to go home.

    One time, my mother refused to come pick me up, even though I was sick – after that I only ever called my grandparents let me tell you.


    Mari replied on

    Er, make that I needed to really make the case before they’d call home for me.


    Comment by Mari on March 15, 2012
  2. I have had many mild heart attacks when I see the name of the school show up. However I’m not calm like you… This of how I answer, “YES? What! What happened ONG?!?” and then they’re like, “Everything is fine, this is just a reminder that tomorrow is pizza day!”


    For the love of all things holy, man.


    Comment by Loukia on March 15, 2012
  3. Every parent is different. (shocking!) I have had parents outrageously angry with me because I did not allow their child to call home for not having phys ed shoes. How do you know which parent is which?


    ali replied on

    Agreed. 100% every parent is different.

    But, they have called me about her shoes several times. They know that my husband and I both work and that the school is not just around the corner…and we have had this conversation before. So, I feel like someone should maybe use best judgement and realize that shoesVSboots on a 6-year-old? NOT THAT BIG OF A DEAL.


    Comment by Heather on March 15, 2012
  4. Yes, my heart stops every time I see the daycare number on call display. They’ve only called me when my daughter is running a fever though. Although who knows what will happen when she is old enough to start asking to call home. Diva that she is, it will probably be to ask me to come do her hair after recess:)


    Comment by Jen on March 15, 2012
  5. Not sure I’d be too happy with an organization that can’t take matters into their own hands on this one, and be bothering me in my work day for something so trivial. Seriously she wanted you to get in your car and drive some shoes to school?


    Comment by Sarah on March 15, 2012
  6. My kids know not to call about anything so trivial, so I don’t get those calls. How obnoxious! Maybe stick a pair of tennis shoes (several spoons, spare pencils, a stick of butter) in her backpack from now on? :)


    Comment by Alison on March 15, 2012
  7. My daughter’s school called me last week to see where she was. Considering I had dropped her off at school hours earlier, I FREAKED out thinking she had been kidnapped. Nope. She was sitting in her classroom right where she was supposes to be. Talk about a heart attack.


    Comment by Amanda on March 17, 2012
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