“I’m supposed to give you this.” Madison’s eyes avoided mine as she held out the paper.
She’s doesn't normally get into trouble.
“Is it from your teacher?”
“No, it’s from the nurse.”
Across the room, Taylor looked up from her homework. “Some kid probably has head lice.”
Madison crossed her arms. “Nobody’s got head lice.” Her face wrinkled. “It’s worse.”
Worse than head lice?
I glanced at the paper and within an instant, remembered. Three years ago I received the same note when Taylor was in fourth grade – and two years before that with Emily. For some reason, it always catches me off guard. I began reading it out loud.
“Dear Parent, On May 19th your daughter will be given the opportunity to view the video ‘Always Changing.’”
“Oh – that note!” Taylor nodded her head and laughed out loud.
“It’s not fair!” Madison dropped her backpack to the floor. “The boys get to have an extra recess, but the girls have to stay inside and watch this movie.”
I was tempted to give her a few more reasons why life wasn't fair, but decided against it. If she didn't know by now, she’d soon find out. I tried to ignore the old Steve Miller song running through my head.
Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future ...
Dear mother in denial … Please take this as your official warning. Your baby is growing up. Even though right now she thinks boys are yucky and she’d rather attend a baseball game than shop for dresses at the mall, don’t be fooled. Her time is coming. Enjoy every moment of these childhood years.