I had to head to the principal’s office the other afternoon.
When I got into the office, my child was just sitting on the bench waiting for me.
I asked him what he did this time and he whispered he couldn’t talk when he was in trouble. I had to smile because my kid seemed to be learning something. I sat down next to him and waited for somebody to send me into the principal’s office. Tony wriggled a bit because it was really toasty in there and he had a coat on. I was saying to him he could take off his coat although he didn’t seem to be listening. I gently eased the coat off him and he was still entirely silent. I was thinking that maybe he was enjoying sitting there with the warmth of the HVAC vent, although he wasn’t noticing anything but the secretary in the office. I told him that it was snowing outside and he didn’t even flinch. I then asked him if he wanted me to crank on the a/c equipment and he still didn’t flinch. I sat there for a bit longer and the secretary eventually called me over. She told me that he had been fighting on the playground. I asked if he was in trouble for this and she told me the conflict was actually about her. The one little boy said she was totally pretty and Tony got mad because he thought she was way more than just pretty. She told me she was flattered by this, although he couldn’t get into conflicts like that. I said something to Tony and he told me that he thought she was certainly pretty although he very much enjoyed the heating in the office better than in his classroom.