Sunday, December 12, 2010


So, I've sorta been avoiding you.  Sorry.

It's been a crazy week here and I haven't had a moment to clear my mind and post for you.  So in an attempt to make it up to you I have some recess drama you might like.

Breckyn announced at the dinner table that someone at school had broken the kid code.  There were gasps around the table.  I looked at Breckyn slightly confused.  She clarified, "OK, so there isn't and actual kid code written out-- but everyone just knows it."  She explained that there was a girl at recess who was ratting out her fellow classmates to the dragon lady (A.K.A. the recess teacher).  The kids stared at her in disbelief.  Rugby demanded that the taddle tale be dealt with.  He came up with a list of ways to deal with her.  (too quickly if you ask me)  I asked if it was a kid that no one liked.  Breckyn assured me that the kid is pretty well liked and that was the weirdest part.  She was going to get to the bottom of and fast before she became the next victim of the recess nark.

My children take recess very seriously.  They get upset when new rules are made and carried out.  They think it should be their free time to run wild and enjoy their friends.  They come home with complaints daily about a certain recess teacher that tries to rule their free time.  They were outraged when the said teacher showed up with printed rules for games around the play ground that she was going to enforce.  Breckyn said she could never bring herself to play four-square again because the new rules were stupid.  Rugby was banned from jumping off the swings in different super hero poses by the recess dragon.  Em had to stop his game of chase the girls and Zoey has been prevented from playing some game where some kids have to walk around with their eyes closed.  (but that one sounded sketchy anyway)

So you can imagine my surprise when one of my kids came home from school a while back and informed me that they were playing pole dancing at recess.  I stared at her with my eyes all bugged out and asked her to say that again.  She said, "I've been playing pole dancing with a group of girls at recess."  I was shocked and abhorred that my little baby was pole dancing at recess-- POLE DANCING!  I asked her if she knew what pole dancing was and she said, "Yeah, it's when you dance around a pole.  We dance and lots of people gather around to watch us.  It's cool."  I tried to tell her that pole dancing wasn't the best thing for her to be doing.  She asked if she could just call it dancing around a pole and that would make it better for me.  I explained to her what pole dancing actually was and her face went white.  "Mom!  I didn't know that!  That's not what I'm doing!"  I banned her from playing with those girls and told her it was probably not a good idea to dance with a pole again-- EVER.

 So dragon lady is enforcing the rules of four-square but pole dancing is OK?  What?!?! 

Perhaps the most entertaining part of my day is hearing all about the recess drama from my kids.  It never gets dull.  It's better than soaps.

Just in case you are wondering, we are fans of the Disney show Recess.  I'll leave you with a clip because if you don't watch it, you should.  It's a kid classic and it's all about-- well, recess.


Mandi said...

I love that your kids are so interested/concerned with the goings ons of the playground. This is totally awesome.

P.s. I too hated the dragon ladies at my school. Mean old hags. (think getting in trouble for laughing during lunch).

Alice said...

Pole Dancing? What kind of recess is this? I must say that the best stories always come from recess with exception of gym class channanagins where someone ends up wetting their pants and kids talk about that for months. What a fun time of life! Enjoy!

connie said...

I love to hear the tales of your family. What a great time of life for you. Your kids like to talk with you and you find out so many things about them. Enjoy this time and make sure you write everything down for them later.

Jodi said...

Ha ha ha ha funny! Poor little Breckyn was probably shell shocked for life over that news.

kristen said...

She sounds like that lady that tried to take over Hogwartz, the weird cat lady, in Harry Potter. Sorry kids, you are not allowed to have fun. Stop acting like you are 10 and under.

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