Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Understatement of the Year


To say that Jackson hates school would be.... well, the understatement of the year. There is no way to convey to you the amount he has cried. He cries from the time he gets off the bus until he goes to bed. When he wakes up in the morning, he instantly starts crying.

It's been a joy.

By 7:25 in the morning, I am ready for a really strong drink. And, I don't mean coffee.

He is relentless and persistant and ANNOYING! One of these days, those first two character qualities may pay off... but they are not going to work on me.

I don't have the gift of mercy... unless maybe you're an orphan or sick.

I may feel sorry for him if he weren't so discontent when he is home. We can get home from swimming all day, pull in the driveway and he'll say, "I'm bored. There's nothing to do!"

It's all I can do not to reach around and smack him upside the head!

He wants planned activities for every second of the day? Welp, he's in luck! School runs on a schedule. Math, reading, recess, lunch... ha!

I'll give it to him though, he can lay it on thick and for hours at a time. I thought I'd give you a run down on the things I've heard this week. Please keep in mind, this is a very small list I am going to give you. I WISH I were exaggerating when I say this goes on for HOURS at a time!

"It's just not my kind of school!"

"I'm not used to Christian school."

"They don't even care if I have a stomach ache! All they care about it God!"

"Do you know what I like best about school?"
"What buddy?"
"When I get to go home!"

"I never got the chance to be homeschooled."

"I don't want to go to school. It's not my dream come true. My dream come true is to go to homeschool."

"Mom, I have a cough and I don't want to give it to the whole school."

"It's embarassing for me to cry."
"Well, then don't cry!"
"How am I suppose to not cry?"


"I haven't done homeschool in my whole entire life. 1st grade is a good time to homescool."

"I didn't cry today because Mrs. ____ (principal) checked on me every hour."

"I really want you to change your mind soon so I don't have to go to this school or any other school."

"Will you feel my head? I think I have a fever."

"My stomach hurt so bad today, I almost threw up. Do you want me to throw up at school?"

"I'm not going to school in the morning. Don't wake me up. I'm tired. I need to sleep in."

This is coming from the same kid that pitched a fit last week because I thought he was sick, let him sleep in and took him to the doctor. He was so mad that I didn't get him up and let him ride the bus.

And, finally, he's never off. He's always on his game.

Tonight, I had him in the shower and he yelled for his towel when he was done. I opened the door to the shower to hand him his towel and I said, "Whoo! That's a hot shower, buddy!"

I went into the girls' room and was getting Emme ready for bed. He comes in, towel around his body, face flushed from his 140 degree shower and says, "I take really hot showers when I am sad."

Anyway, the list of pleading goes on and on and on.

He really is miserable. He doesn't play when he gets home. He doesn't eat much. He falls asleep before we put him in bed.

Should I remind him that he used to be so bad that I had to put him in his room and put TWO gates up so he couldn't get out? It was the only way to regain my sanity. And, yes, two gates...one on top of the other in the doorframe of his room... BECAUSE HE COULD CLIMB OVER ONE!

Should I remind him that he had to sleep in crib tent so I didn't have to chase hime back to bed 10 times during a nap or at night?

Naaa! I think I'll just hold him and love him. This too shall pass, huh?



8 comments:

Gina said...

I almost died when I read "I take a really hot shower when I'm sad". That was so so funny to me.

How did you get 2 gates to stay on top of each other? Just hypothetically speaking...not that I have any need for putting up gates to keep my well behaved toilet water drinker in his room...

Why does he hate school so much? Just because it's all new??

Gina said...

I almost died when I read "I take a really hot shower when I'm sad". That was so so funny to me.

How did you get 2 gates to stay on top of each other? Just hypothetically speaking...not that I have any need for putting up gates to keep my well behaved toilet water drinker in his room...

Why does he hate school so much? Just because it's all new??

Jenney said...

Did he hate his old school too? Wowzers.
Props to you for homeschooling your 2 girls for so long. I'm homeschooling (ok, he is in preschool, but I take some credit..we do work at a scheduled time with a workbook) my firstborn this year and baby, when he is old enough for school he is GOING.

Darja said...

my sister and are CRYING laughing so hard at all his funny quotes.

i LOVE that boy, did i ever tell you that? reminds me of last fall when he had me convinced that you guys had told him to ask me to take him to chuck e cheese. he was so convincing, like "yeah, my mom said it's fine, she said we should go on thursday" he is such a con artist!!

Sharla said...

Wow...he's really good...and funny too! So I'm curious, why doesn't he like school?

Oh...for the 'I'm bored' comment... We got tired of hearing our kids say that too, so every time they say it, they get a job, a chore, to do around the house... I haven't heard that in a few weeks now! LOL... This morning Mackenzie looked at us, thought for a second and said, "I think I'll go find something to do!"

Amy said...

poor kid. hope he gets adjusted soon.

I can just picture him being "the man" on campus in no time! He'll have lots of friends and will love going to school in no time!

Jeremy and Jeni said...

Poor Jackson!! I would have thought he was having a blast. I hope it gets better. I will pray for him when I pray for Jake.

Anonymous said...

oh, bless his little heart. Sounds like he's having a really hard time adjusting to his new school. :( I'll keep him in my prayers, poor little buddy. We have 5 in Christian school, but had to move our 2nd grader into a specialized school for learning differences. Ever since we changed schools, she has really degressed. She now comes home and fights with her sisters (badly), talks back, has to have 'control" of every situation, it's been challenging. SO.. just wanted to say "hang in there" and hopefully he will start to adjust soon. Have you went in and talked to the school yet, voicing your concerns? It's so hard to watch them go through this. I'll keep the little guy in my prayers. ((hugs))...