My faith in the public school system, if not in the responsibility and punctuality of my eldest son, has been restored. At the expense of breaking a promise to you, my dearest readers. I sincerely hope you don’t mind.
I was standing in the dining room yesterday morning while young Daryl handed his Dad a piece of paper from the school. A paper that turned out to be a notice from the school cafeteria concerning the degree to which he had gone into debt from surreptitiously purchasing extra bags of chips and cookies with the money we had credited to his account for lunches.
“This says May 1st, Daryl!”
Daryl didn’t seem to understand the significance of his father’s remark.
“Do you know what today is?” …Daryl shook his head… “It’s May 20th!”
“Well, I didn’t get it on May 1st,” Daryl claimed. This, unfortunately, might very well be true. In our eight years of association with the elementary school, we have never found the cafeteria administration to be particularly prompt, nor consistent, in the execution of its money collection duties. Then again, correspondence from the cafeteria is not the only communique frequently delayed in reaching in our hands. As we were about to have demonstrated for us.
Shifting his weigh uncomfortably, he glanced up at me and sudden shocked remembrance passed across his face.
“Oh! Mom! I have a gift for you… that I forgot to give you for Mother’s Day.”
“Oh, really?” I asked with a wry smile on my face. “I wondered if the school had really not had you make something for me.”
“I’m sorry,” he said, giving me that sweet, shy grin that melts my heart and then topping it off with a big hug. “Let me go get it.”
He ran down the hall and explained on his way back that his teacher had tried to laminate it but the laminating machine had been out of plastic.
“That’s supposed to be a heart,” he explained, pointing to the space between the fingers and thumbs.
“I can tell,” I said with a smile before he bounded off on some other errand.
Well… better late than never. Better recognized briefly than not at all. Better to be his parent than not.