So today's the big day.
The grades are in.
Typed on the form with permanent ink.
The kid is slightly worried.
He's already laid down a couple preliminary excuses, "Mom, none of the kids understand that. That teacher doesn't like me. This math is like harder than grownups can do."
I'm slightly worried too.
This is the first time in 9 years of his formal educational career that I am not the one on trial, I mean going to meet with the teachers.
Granted, the meetings are much easier than his early years.
In preschool..."I am so sorry he gets a whole room worked into a frenzy."
In pre-K..."You're right, he shouldn't be hitting or licking people."
In kindergarten..."He just doesn't like wearing shoes, sorry."
In first grade..."Well, do mind if he does his working running in place at his desk?"
I always felt like I was apologizing for everything.
Over the years, as he's gotten older and his hyperactive side is mellowing (thank god!), he has actually become one of the "nice kids" in a classroom.
Nowadays I hear, "He's such a polite boy."
"He's so smart."
"Your son cracks me up."
Although, I know my son.
And I am sure there will be mention of how he tries to talk the teacher out of something or argue about how he knows better than her.
It's just his nature...he is a challenger.
A kid who is always looking to prove what is "fair" or not.
And he enjoys it, which just makes it worse.
We're hoping this is just a glimpse of what he will be like as a lawyer.
So my baby daddy is going to handle it this time.
And I am grateful, but a little freaked.
I'm a control freak by nature, especially when it comes to the kid.
I'm his wrangler, his handler.
Everything Max goes through me, I'm the CEO of MaxCo.
So, I'm letting go. For my own sanity.
And I am going to try and enjoy not being the parent this time.
And I am going to keep my fingers and toes crossed until the meeting is over.
Did I mention that Max is very similar to his father?
He's a little bit of a challenger himself.
And I am praying that things go "smoothly", especially because he is deadset on finding out why Max thinks the gym teacher has it in for him.
Hopefully it will be all, "Max is a delight" and then followed with a "Thank you" and that's it!
Here's hoping that we are going with the flow these days and that all you other parents are surviving your own conferences and you teachers are coping as well!
Thursday, November 8
So today's the big day.