The kids and I were sitting around the kitchen table -- actually, I was working on finalizing a few end of summer writing projects, while they hovered in and around my laptop, wondering out loud when, if ever, we would actually do something "fun" before school starts -- while we ALL reminisced about how much fun school "used" to be.
Incredibly enough, my 13 year-old son actually admitted that he kind of liked going to school (if you have a son, especially between the ages of 10 and grown, then you know why this is so gosh-darned incredible) most especially, after I pulled him out of the car and dragged him to the curb screaming.
His gym teacher, who stood at the ready and fielded the boy to the door every morning of kindergarten, will totally back me up on this one.
"Remember the thing about Sniper Bear?"
Long story, short (you're welcome) my son also had this thing....ummmmm....okay, to try and put this as delicately as possible, so as not to scare parents of younger children....the boy could effectively turn the most benign and non-threatening object into a weapon.
"Oh yeah, I drew it in kindergarten or something."
For example: while future Martha Stewarts of the world imagined an empty paper towel roll into a rain stick or kaleidoscope....my son would fashion into a state of the art rocket launcher....complete with thermal imaging and night vision.
"Actually, it was your first in-class project for 2nd grade."
Needless to say, although I haven't found a picture of an ammo vest as perfectly described as he did in crayon, my son's bear almost didn't make it up on the wall for back-to-school night.
"Nuh-uh, I remember 'cause the class had a bathroom."
Yes, his kindergarten class had a bathroom and he remembers this for a whole other reason I won't bother going into (you're welcome, really!) because, quite frankly, I'm STILL trying to forget THAT incident.
"No, it was Mrs. H.'s class and I know for sure because I blogged about it."
I did a quick search, found it (blogged about Sniper Bear back on September 20, 2006) and read the entire blog post to them.
"OMG! I can't believe you called my teacher Mrs. Gives-a-crap-load-of-Homework!"
Actually, I blogged her as Mrs. Gives-a-shit-load-of-Homework and, well, contrary to popular opinion, I do make a concerted effort to censor myself every now and again.
"She was my favorite teacher!"
Mine, too. Although, this teacher did give a shit...I mean...crap load of homework for 2nd grade, I think (a worksheet for every subject, every night, UGH!) my son was allowed to take Sniper Bear home for a quick makeover so that she could hang Cammo Bear up on the wall in time for back-to-school night.
"Wait a minute, was that when you set the house on fire?"
"In your blog post, you mentioned the dishwasher blew up or something."
Actually, it was the dryer that caught fire. The dishwasher blew up a few days before and no I did NOT set the house on fire that one time (not on purpose, anyways) and we ALL agreed that my build-a-bear would totally have been FUBAR!
Aaaaaand, now that I'm thinking on it some more, you might want to vacuum out your lint vents...every now and again...just sayin'.
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