Happy Fatherhood Friday everyone. Join the "rush" to visit of all the other great bloggers over at dad-blogs.com.
At the age of 5, Big Brother is already pledging a fraternity: Kappa Gamma Nu.
But you probably know KGN by it's other name, KinderGardeN.
Now, I wasn't in a frat, but it sure seems like Big Brother is being "hazed" in a way, so far this year.
And by "hazed", I mean Mom-E and Dad-E are asked to buy or send something about every week.
The school is always sending notes home, "Please have your child bring in..."
This has included things like:
-50 cents for ice cream on Friday.
-2 apples for Johnny Appleseed Day
-Some kind of item for an Animal Rescue project
-Donations for the teacher's Christmas present (already)
-A "sweet treat" for teacher appreciation day
-An afternoon snack for 20 children once a month
-$20 for school field trips
All of this is coupled with the fact that Mom-E volunteered to sew seat covers for each child in the class (to store pencil boxes, etc.) The teacher told Mom-E to buy the materials, make them, and she'd reimburse her for what she spent. No other specifiers or instructions.
Mom-E bought the fabric (40% off), stayed up to all hours on many nights, and in total spent about $70 ($3.50/child). I didn't think that was too bad. There's no way you could buy something in a store for that price.
And then when Mom-E turns in the receipts, the teacher takes up a collection (of course: Please send in donations for seat covers), and we get an envelope for $40 with a note saying "is that okay?"
Well, it would be if you said you'd reimburse her up to $40.
(Guess what the teacher is getting for Christmas from us...SEAT COVERS. :)
When it's late and Mom-E and I are really tired, we can't help but extrapolate these requests. If they're asking for this stuff in the first 6 weeks, what's it going to be like next spring?
1. Please have your child bring in a goat (already trained).
2. Together with your child, please choreograph a ballet for Monday.
3. Please send $250 for a plane ticket for your child (field trip with the goat).
4. A Dolce & Gabbana handbag for the teacher's birthday.
5. Lobster dinner for all children in the class (flown in fresh from Maine).
Can't wait for "rush" to be over. And neither can our wallets. But I have a funny feeling we're just getting started.
Hey, anybody want to by some Otis Spunkmeyer cookies? Big Brother
Have a good weekend,