I have been known to boast about my daughter’s seemingly inability to lie to me. Don’t get me wrong, she does bad things, but she ALWAYS comes clean about it – usually with little to no prodding. Of course I know this is not the norm and I also know that this will not last. Rory is proof of that. That kid lies like a rug.
This weekend I noticed that Kamryn seemed a little stuffed up and was probably coming down with the cold that so many of her classmates and friends have had the last few weeks. I wasn’t all that surprised to hear her wake up Sunday night, shuffle into the bathroom and gag into the toilet. I figured she had a nice little sinus drainage down her throat and it was upsetting her stomach.
When I asked her what didn’t feel good she said, “Am I going to go to school tomorrow?” I told her that we would see when she got up in the morning. After 3 more visits to the porcelain throne, I told her she could just sleep in tomorrow and stay home and rest.
All day Monday Kamryn laid on the couch, watching The Disney Channel and coloring pictures. We had a brief discussion about why she wasn’t at school after I told her she would not be allowed to play Just Dance. That didn’t prevent her from jumping up and dancing to commercial jingles, though.
It was clear that she would be going to school on Tuesday. This morning, she got up on her own, ate some oatmeal, got dressed and then started complaining about being too tired to go to school. I told her she was going because being too tired is not a reason to stay home – especially when she slept 12 hours last night. I told her to do some jumping jacks to wake up, instead she laid down on the couch and pretended to fall back asleep.
And the Oscar goes too…..
I got my little actress out the door and in the car without much of a problem and once we were actually at school in the classroom, I knew she was fine. Every morning I stay in her class for about a half hour reading with Kamryn and her classmates and every time I looked at Kamryn, she was smiling and visiting with her friends. I told her teacher that she was complaining about being too tired and then I jokingly said, “If she annoys you too much, call me and I’ll come and get her.” Mrs. M laughed, I laughed, we laughed together. So imagine my surprise when I got a call at 9:58 from the school saying they had Kamryn in the office with a stomachache.
Kamryn had been sent back to her class to get her backpack by the time I got there so I went down to her classroom to retrieve her. She was sitting at her table waiting for one of her friends to finish coloring her a get well picture. When Kamryn saw me in the door, a huge smile spread across her face and as we walked out of her class, she said without an ounce of restraint, “This is the 2nd time I got to leave school early!”
I almost turned her right around and marched her back into the classroom, but I didn’t think it would be fair to Mrs. M to have to deal with Kamryn whining the rest of the afternoon. I didn’t say anything until we walked out of the school doors.
Once we were in the car I said, “When we get home, I want you to take your shoes off, get your homework out of your backpack and go back to your room and do it. You will not be watching TV, you will not watch anything on the tablet, you will not have access to my phone. You are going to lay in bed and rest all day.”
The look of disgust was almost worth having to go pick her up. I asked her if she really felt sick and she said, “My tummy hurts.” I told her that was fine and that the rest would do her good. And then the questions: If I feel better, can I watch a show? No. If I take a long rest can I watch one show? No. Can I color? Maybe. Can I play with Legos? Maybe.
So I asked her again, “Do you really feel sick?” And she told me, “No.” She then had to listen to my lecture about how school is important and that she needs to be there to learn. I asked her if she would rather be laying in her bed, staring at the ceiling or at school with her friends. She said she wanted to be with her friends.
Now, if I thought for one minute there was something going on at school like she was being bullied or having a problem with her teacher, believe me, I would get to the bottom of it, but since I am at that school every single day and watch her interact in that environment, there isn’t even the slightest concern when it comes to that with her. This was strictly Kamryn wanting to stay home and be lazy. Unacceptable.
I let her come out of her room to eat lunch and I was showered with praise about how I am the bestest mom in the world and I’m so funny and so pretty. After lunch I told her to go back and lay down. Rory had finished his lunch and was looking all over for the tablet. I got up, walked back to Kamryn’s room where I found her in her closet watching Baby Bratz on Netflix.
I took the tablet away, gave it to Rory and was immediately told I was the meanest mom. She even took the time to pen her disdain.If you can’t read her phonetic note, it says:
You are the worstest, selfish, baddest mom ever. I am never going to love you ever again. Never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never never.
Never going to love you again.
I told her that her note hurt my feelings and made me feel very sad. She told me I hurt her feelings because I wouldn’t let her watch her shows. I told her that wasn’t the same thing and that she was just mad because I wouldn’t let her watch the shows and that I didn’t do anything to hurt her.
She stomped off to her room and 15 minutes later, she came out to tell me she was sorry that she hurt my feelings and gave me a hug. Then she told me she does love me. See? Cannot tell a lie.