Posted 06-03-2004 at 14:26:15
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I don't know what possessed me. I went to pick up the kids report cards, and I was thrilled to find that Jake and Jenny both passed. Jake with all A's and B's and Jenny with all A's and B's except one C in math. But she passed. Also got an honorable mention award in FCAT writing. Anyway, she's spending the week with a friend and I called her up. I guess a little devil got ahold of me. I said...
"Sorry kid, looks like you'll be repeating eighth grade." I'm grinning, thinking she's going to say, sure, right.
"Whaddya mean?" She says. Okay, she fell for it, so I keep going.
"Whaddya think I mean?"
There was a long silence and then...
"I won't do it! I'll quit first! You can't make me go back to that school! I swear...I'll leave the state!"
"Whoa, whoa, whoa...!" I was literally stepping on the brake in the truck, thinking I could slow down the mess I'd set in motion via the speedometer.
"I WILL NOT GO BACK TO THAT SCHOOL! NEVER!" She was....shrieking.
"Honey! I was just teasing you! How could you possibly think you failed!? You had passing grades all year!"
"I didn't fail?"
"NO! I was just playing a little trick on you! You passed. How could you not know that?"
Then God forgive me, she started crying. Oh my God! I'm a horrible mother. How could I do such a thing? I could do that to Jake or Jill and they would go, yeah, right. Whatever. Not Jenny apparently. I don't know if she was just hormonal or sensitive at the moment, but God love her I yanked her chain but good. I apologized, and apologized, and apologized, until she was laughing at me, and I still feel like the grinch that stole the ninth grade.
Remind me never to do that again? Whew.