Thursday, November 13, 2008


These poor underpaid and under-appreciated souls. I got this voice mail message the other day. Here it is word for word. Names have been withheld to protect the innocent. Notice I didn't withhold my son's name. (These are my personal comments)
"Hello. This is Mrs. ___ from __ elementary and I'm calling regarding Dawson..."
(My first thought was: Oh boy. he's sick and I have to go get him from school )
"...He was involved in a big pine cone fight this morning with a whole bunch of other 5th graders."
(I couldn't help but roll my eyes and chuckle a bit. BOYS. He's 10 by the way. )
"...And It started out as this kind of a fun thing, but it turned dangerous and students were getting hit in the head and in the eyes and it's definitely against our school rules to behave and be responsible."
(I assume she meant the opposite ?!)

"...So he and the other students all came down to the refocus room and I talked to them about being safe and following the rules and they will be spending their lunch recess in the refocus."
(For those of you who don't know WTF refocus is, it's the PC version of detention.)
"...It's our policy to notify the parents any time the kids are sent to refocus, and I hope Dawson doesn't have to come to refocus again. He's a good kid. If you have any questions feel free to call me at ___."
So Dawson's version of this story went something like this:
"I got off the bus and ___ pegged me right in the face with a pine cone. So I just started throwing them back and then a bunch of kids started a pine cone war."
It will forever be referenced as "The great pine cone war of 2008" now.


Hess Family said...

You are so darn cute!! I love the Pine cone war story!! Kids--what would we do without them. Thank you so much for being such a sweetheart. You are honestly one of the nicest people I know. I love your blog. You make me laugh!!

The Dave said...

OK so I have to tell my side of the story.. My wife is instant messaging me with the details of the phone call and it goes something like this..

Nancie: I just got a call from Dawson's School and he is going to be spending his lunch and recess in Refocus.
(I'm thinking the worst here, he's failing school, he's not turning in his homework etc)
Me: What did he do? (sent with trepidation)

Nancie: Pine Cone Fight
(I look at the screen to make sure I read it right)

Then I just start laughing as hard as I can. I'm at work so some co-workers come by my desk to see what the heck is so funny. So I give them the 30 second version and as soon as I say 'Pine Cone Fight' all the guys start laughing and high fiving each other. You can grow up but you NEVER take the boy out of the man! Thanx Dawson for reminding me of that and for just being a boy!

His Pale Muse said...

This reminds me of the dirt clump war of 97'.