Friday, May 24, 2013

The shoe saga

One of the kid's shoes was found a week after it was lost. A teacher located it in the school yard. Just the one shoe though. So, I could no longer convince myself that our loss was someone else's gain. Preferably someone who couldn't afford new shoes.

Nope. There was much searching by the kid. Or at least she tells me there was. I also looked around the school yard. After a week or so, I put together a sign for the school offering a reward for the missing shoe - the kid would be paying the $10. We even secured permission to post the signs from the Principal. Although she wanted the kid to come down and talk to her about it before the signs went up.

The kid showed her teacher the sign and the class headed down to the gym. When the teacher looked out the window and noticed the missing shoe on the roof of the addition!

Alas, we still don't have the shoe. When the school's new addition was built last year (by the kindergarten play area) they failed to install a way of getting up on the roof to recover lost balls and shoes. Apparently they are working on a solution. In the meantime, I owe a certain grade 3 teacher a reward. I believe we agreed it would be pencils. Lots and lots of pencils.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Love bites

In March the kid was dumped by her boyfriend. She was sad for a day or two but got over it quite quickly.

Or so we thought.

Last week he asked her to be his girlfriend again. Apparently he had broken up with her because she wasn't playing with him during recess. But, we really wanted to get back together. So, they did.

Yesterday she told her dad that they had broken up. He asked if anyone else knew this. "Just me, so far," she said. And she, and I quote, "dumped" him today. Why? Vengence. Yup, she even admitted it. "I dumped him because he broke up with me."

If this is grade 3, what the hell are we going to do when she is in grade 10?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Lost and (never) Found

Last night wasn't fun in our house. I picked the kid up from her after school program and we were discussing various things on the way home. Including the fact that she had to bring her sneakers to the track and field meet (that is happening today). That's when she let me know that she had lost her two-week old sneakers. The ones that cost me $75* - on sale.

When did she lose the shoes? On Monday. I found out on Wednesday and not because she volunteered the information. And she misplaced her lunch bag today.

I took her back to school and we talked to the people at her before school program since that is where she forgot them. They didn't know where they were. We emptied out the Lost and Found bin. There were shoes but not her shoes. I think they are long gone. I just hope that whoever ended up taking them really needed a pair or new shoes.

The kid has a track and field meet today so I bought her new shoes. The $20 kind since the expensive shoe store had already closed at that point. It seems the kid had been borrowing running shoes from another kid this week. She was planning on borrowing them for the meet too. On the plus side, she made the relay team wearing shoes that didn't belong to her or fit her feet well. I'd be proud if I wasn't so annoyed that she can't keep track of her possessions.

So far this year she has lost:
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 pair of pants
  • 1 two-week old winter coat
  • 1 lunch bag
  • 1 two-week old pair of shoes
Sigh. Maybe she won't lose anything in grade 4? Oh, and I checked her locker when we were at school. Guess what I found? Only two leftover lunches.

* Why am I that parent who buys a child $75 shoes? Whenever I buy her the $20 shoes from Payless or Walmart they have fallen apart after three weeks. She's pretty hard on her shoes. However, the last pair of expensive shoes she had lasted 18-months. And they are still in pretty good shape. She just outgrew them. I think I saved a lot of money by buying those expensive shoes.