I had given her the nickname Hitler because of the way she was barking – trying to keep children in line. Okay. I understand a little bit – from personal experience I do know that not ALL children listen. And sometimes it is necessary to bark to be heard. But when she barked at me, I was offended.
I was wearing the visitor name tag – only she hadn’t seen it as it was beneath my coat. Perhaps she was just having an off day – or maybe I was. But she didn’t make a good first impression (and maybe neither did I) Still it was wretched of me to use a same wicked nickname on her that I do for Roland’s ex. NO ONE deserves that!
I have repented of my ways. I no longer refer to her as Hitler. I think her name is Sarah – or perhaps Sarah is the tot she pushes in the stroller. Though the Tot was not with her that particular day. Too cold.
Now that she has seen me on a weekly basis, she no longer barks. She is friendly and says “hello” and I say “Hi” back to her. Sometimes she is so cheerful with her greeting it almost seems as though we’re best friends. She doesn’t come to the PTO meetings and I’m pretty certain that we do not live in the same city – I’ll have to generate a thoughtful conversation next time I am making copies when school has already started
On Dec 5, I wrote the following:
“This morning I put my dog in the car – along with Jenna and another classmate I pick up. Just before Jenna made her tearful exit she asked where her backpack was. I had had my hands full with my own belongings as we left the house – not to mention the dog and his blanket. I hadn’t even noticed Jenna’s backpack still on the floor next to the Christmas tree.
“So I dropped the two kids off, turned around to come home, ran inside to claim Jenna’s backpack and returned to the school parking behind the field (as I knew the front would be crazy) but still had the dog in the car and needed to let him out.
“Now normally I don’t walk onto school grounds with an animal – but I had to walk to the front in order to get Jenna’s backpack into the school. So we walked to the front and there was Sarah (without the stroller) greeting me with a smile and asking why the dog didn’t have a coat on.
“I held up Jenna’s backpack and said she had forgotten it. Sarah offered to take it to her and asked for the name of the teacher. I am very appreciative and hopefully have been humbled a bit realizing that calling her Hitler (though only in my mind) had been so inappropriate.”
Thank you Sarah. If you happen to be reading this and have figured out our identities – I’m sorry about the nickname. I have taken it back.