Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Insanity Continued...

I posted yesterday (yes, 2 posts in a row!) about my over-zealous daughter who ate her lunch before lunch time and then told the cafeteria volunteers that her mom didn't pack her enough to eat.  Here is an excerpt from my dear friend who was in the cafeteria when this all went down:

"Those women in the cafeteria were saying that they were worried about Girl Wondertwin because she was a child without means.  I had to set them straight!  I didn't want them to think that of her!  They just made it up as they were staring at her and saying she probably doesn't get much food at home.  I told them to look at her brother's lunch--Boy Wondertwin was sitting at the same table as her but not with her.    His lunch was LOADED!  I almost snatched it.  It was really an eye opener about how opinions are formed with very little information."

Oh goodness.  What am I going to do with my sweet daughter?  I talked to the office ladies today as I was in the school to volunteer.  They are all well aware of my attention seeking, overly dramatic, sanguine daughter.  Somehow they thought all of this was cute.  Hmm.  They don't live with her.  Who knows what the cafeteria volunteers are thinking now.  Hope I don't meet them.

And no one called CPS.  Big sigh of relief.

Moms of multiples are freaks of nature

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ring Ring!

It's Childrens Protective Services on the line. 
Just kidding.  Hopefully.
Sorry I haven't posted in over a month.  I've been pretty busy over at www.4our2cents.com
It's a fun endeavor but it takes a lot of time and energy.
Back to CPS.  Let's hope I don't hear the phone ringing.  Here's what happened.

Girl Wondertwin (GWT) was "in a mood" this morning when she woke up.  She refused to eat her breakfast, taking just one bite of her toast. At school during snack time she ate most of the contents of her lunch, leaving her with just a fruit snack and a half of a sandwich. 

"Starving" (remember, she's the dramatic one), she gets the attention of a cafeteria volunteer who looks at her lunch box and judges that I have not packed her enough lunch.  After calling over every mom who happened to be in the school at that moment, they all decided that GWT should be sent to the office to call her mom.  I was on the treadmill and did not answer. 

GWT then begged the secretary to give her more lunch.  A lunch was purchased (putting an account I didn't know I had!!! into deficit) and she ate to her heart's content. 

Receiving the message on the treadmill I had my husband call the school.  He talked to the principal who thankfully knew of GWT's dramatic ways and did not judge us based on this particular situation.  At the end of my workout I rushed over to the school to smooth the waters.  All was well among the secretary pool but when I arrived at home I got an email from a well-meaning friend who told me that many of the cafeteria moms were sure that I didn't pack enough in my daughter's lunch.  Hmm.

Reminding once again...know the whole story before you decide to judge another's life.  Thankfully my well-meaning friend knew me well and seemed to stick up for me in this "sticky" situation.

GWT will be paying for half the cost of today's lunch.  I struggled with whether or not to punish her but knowing my sweet but overly dramatic daughter, this would surely become a habit.  She's now tasted the likes of school lunches and in her words, "Me likey".

The day they start serving lunches with vegetables and fruits I can identify is the day she can buy lunch at school.

Thoughts?  This parenting stuff is tricky.