When I was Robby's age, one of my greatest fears was being sent to the principal's office. I knew if I were ever sent to the office, my parents would not be amused and had no doubt that my little world would come crashing down on me. The fear of facing the consequences was enough to keep me well behaved throughout my school career! As a parent, I find it somewhat amusing that I continue to worry about being called into the principal's office. The only difference is now I worry about being called to discuss the behavior of my son.
The other day as I was
walking out of Robby's school, I was stopped by the principal. She asked
if she could speak to me for a moment. My heart jumped and all of my
elementary anxieties resurfaced as I followed her into her office and
shut the door. Although she had a serious tone, the smile on her face
hinted that Robby was not in significant trouble. Taking a deep breath,
I tried to prepare myself for whatever news I was about to receive.
turns out that Robby did not misbehave, but the principal wanted to
make me aware of an incident that happened earlier in the week. Of
course Robby never mentioned that anything significant happened in
school, but I shouldn't be surprised because Robby rarely tells me
anything about what he does at school. I digress and perhaps that is a
topic for a future blog.
Apparently a third grader approached
Robby and told him that her dad said that "his mom should have the
decency to cover her fake leg because nobody needs to see that."
Although I've heard my share of rude comments since my amputation, I am
sure I gasped when this statement was relayed. I personally don't care
what this father thinks, but I certainly became worried about my son's
reaction. Children, and their ignorant parents, can be rude and hurtful.
principal apparently read my reaction because she immediately calmed my
fears. She was ready to intervene when she heard Robby's retort.
Apparently my little guy, after thinking quietly for several seconds,
looked at this girl and in a matter-of-fact manner said, "I think your
dad should have the decency to wear a hat. After all, he doesn't have
any hair on his head." Described as dumbfounded, the little girl simply
The Principal went on to explain that she felt
Robby handled the situation beautifully. I have to be honest. I am
really proud of his response. He stayed calm and was able to use this
little girl's logic against her. When I asked Robby about what the
little girl said, he looked up from his DS and said, "Momom, I schooled
her good." I couldn't agree more!