Thursday, November 13, 2008

High Standards Has He

Every day at 3:45 there is an explosion at my front door. You see, 3:45 marks the exact time that the last of my three children finally comes home from school.

This is the first year that I have three different children in three different schools, albeit one is only a few days a week and it is only preschool . . . it still counts! And it is nice having individual time with them at the end of their grueling days to go over the "events of the day," otherwise known as "what did you do at school today?"

This is no easy task for my oldest, I have to dig a little. Unless the day happens to be the day that his science teacher told the class about having a bottle rocket embedded in her arm - I could not get him to stop talking that day!

You gotta love a boy who is enthusiastic about science.

My middle one though, is never at a loss for words, which are usually describing some horrible thing a classmate did involving boogers or spit, or how he was not given a choice in salsa (mild or hot) at lunch. Yes, Wyatt believes that the elementary school lunch program should give kids a choice in salsa strength, not just assume that the majority of them cannot handle the hot stuff. I suspect that if he ever runs for student council again, this will be his slogan: Vote for Wyatt! Salsa you can believe in!

Anyhow . . .

He was in a funk after school the other day and after inquiring as to what, exactly, had gotten his feathers ruffled he decided to share.

"We had a substitute today and she was not very good," he said, "she made us miss recess because she couldn't tell time."

"You missed the your whole recess?" I asked.

"No, just three minutes of it." He said.

"That's all?" My husband asked.

"Yes, but that is not fair. She should know how to tell time, she is the teacher and I don't think it's fair that she kept us in for her mistake." He said.

My husband and I looked at each other, our eyebrows raised and a shocked expression on our faces. I tried not to spit out the sip of Diet Coke I'd just taken and instead busied myself with the loading of the dishwasher.

Brett patted Wyatt on the shoulder, told him it would be ok, made sure that he was not still upset about this horrifying experience and shooed him out of the kitchen. As soon as Wyatt was out of earshot I said, "Wow, I wonder what he says about me when I'm late." Which, if any of you know me in real life HARDLY EVER HAPPENS (cough, cough).

Did I just get struck by lightning? Ok, we're good then.

As I was saying, I do try, but I am not always the most punctual person on the planet and although I do have a pretty good recent run of being on time, everyone still thinks I will be late and teases me to no end. So I wonder what Wyatt thinks of all this? I am afraid to ask, for I suspect that his answer would be something like, "Can't you tell time? I mean, you are the parent."

I don't have any idea where he gets these high standards of his, but I'm certainly happy that he does, it keeps the rest of us hooligans in check.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I like his style.

Kimmylyn said...

Too stinking cute.. a little time keeper.. I have to laugh because just the other day my four year old son who has NO clue how to tell time yet.. he just knows the numbers on the clock turns to me and says.."can you pick me up from school at 1:30?".. snicker.. he is a kook.

Grim Reality Girl said...

I respect his high standards... and am grateful that I'm not held to it! Hubby is the late one.. but I'm far from perfect! Don't you just love it when your kids keep you in line??

wyliekat said...

He'd probably be a lot more exacting in his expectations for you if your tardiness meant a lack of recess.

Every Day Goddess said...

LOL! My middle one is a stickler for time also. Funny how that is. Control issues?!? It keeps me in line and on time though!

Maggie, Dammit said...

This is hysterical!

And I can completely identify with the 3:45pm "explosion." That's the perfect word for it. :)

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Awesome kid!

Momisodes said...

He is awesome.

But seriously. 3 minutes of recess must be like missing out on an extra 3 minutes of sleep in the morning. That's huge! :)

Lisa said...

Three whole minutes. The NERVE of some teachers! Seth would be appauled too.

Kelley said...

He he he

I love the kid. Can he come and talk to my husband? People tell him things start an hour beforehand just so he will turn up on time.

Rachel said...

I am ashamed to admit how many times I have been late returning home and 'missed' my oldest's school bus at 3:45! Luckily, she's more forgiving than Wyatt! He sounds like a smart cookie!

Anonymous said...

G'pa already mentioned a a timepiece for his Christmas. Guess it really IS time!
consider it done!


Kyla said...

LOL! Recess is serious business, though!