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Thursday, September 8, 2011

I Hate People..Well, Rude people!

This is kind of another back to school post, but not really.

I'd like to think of it as more of a I HATE PEOPLE post... (Just saying that already makes me feel a little better)

Gracie had her first 1 hour meet and greet with the teacher and 3 other students yesterday.

We arrived at the school a little early, and had to wait outside.

Upon arriving, there was a group of parents and kids also waiting outside. I learned later that most of these were kids and parents from other classes. Thank God!

I approached the group with a smile on my face. Gracie approached with her head stuffed in her vest. (Suddenly, my child turned shy. That's okay.)

My smile and Gracie's shyness were not greeted with smiles from other parents and children.


My smile and her shyness were greeted with "the eye".  Looks up and down.
I felt like we were the enemy entering someone else's territory.

These looks didn't come from the kids. The kids didn't even know we walked through the gates.
The looks were from all of the other parents. ( I should stick up for a couple of moms that said hello and at least tried!)

What do you suppose they were looking at? Were they wondering if we were some sort of terrorists sneaking into the JK class??  Were they already comparing clothes?
Were they thinking how beautiful and smart my child looked compared to theirs??
Maybe they were just thinking how beautiful and smart I looked?!! BAHAHahaha....

 Like seriously people. GROW UP!!! You've never seen another mom and her 3 year old before?
Take a look and move on!
I know that Gracie even sensed the looks because she quickly grabbed a hold of my leg and wouldn't look up..

We finally got called in, and once inside, it was no better.

Now my way of thinking, is that we're probably going to be spending the next two years with these people (maybe the next 8), so let's be friendly, make some small talk and help our children feel comfortable.
I don't want to be your friend, but being friendly shouldn't kill us!
Apparently no one else felt that way.
Everyone stuck to themselves, with their kids, and that was that.

Oh,I can't believe that I didn't mention this yet! Do you all remember the LITTLE GIRL FROM THE PARK?? Yep, that one! The one that stood up and turned her back to my baby?
Well.... she's in her class..
Her snotty nosed mother was also there. She's STILL snotty nosed!!!

I still tried. Gracie STILL tried..

When we were packing up to leave, I told Gracie that she should say goodbye to - lets call her,  *Emma* - Gracie quickly said "Goodbye *Emma*.
What did the little girl do? Turn up her nose, turn and walk away.
What did her mom do?
She took her hand and walked away with her!!!



On the way out, the next group of children and parents were coming in.
All of them had blank stares and could fake a smile if they tried...

You know what I say? Screw them!!
I'm going to continue being my smiling, friendly self. I will continue to encourage my daughter to be the same.
If they don't like it, tough!!

Miserable people can stay miserable, they can keep treating us like crap, but they WILL NOT BRING US DOWN!!!!

That being said, it could be a very long year!!

OH P.S~ Did I mention that the JK teacher didn't even give me the warm fuzzies?? She wasn't the warm fuzzy type of person that you would expect to be teaching your 3/4 year old, that's for sure!!


Kristy said...

Wow, I can't believe that! How terrible. I hope she can find a nice friend in class!

Me 2 U said...

Oh I can so relate!!!
Yesterday my little one went for her first day of JK too. 8:50-11:15. She goes to before school care, so I got there when other parents were picking their kid up too. One was a friendly chatty grandmother, a Dad shy but friendly and two or three Mum's. The Mum's were the same as you said....couldn't crack a smile. Today should be interesting....I go to pick her up at normal school out time, we will see if any faces crack today

RoryBore said...

Too bad your little girl wasn't in my little girls JrK class.....we could have definitely chatted up a storm while our kids played Together! I encountered the same problem yesterday -- no one seemed approachable at all. And there's my Angel Girl: "Hi, what's your name, wanna play with the doll house with me." Only one little girl did. But her parents didn't so much acknowledge me. Only 1 mother spoke to me directly during the entire Open House!
I mean, they get that an Open House is a social party where you are supposed to mingle, right? everyone knows that, right?
Maybe everyone just had first day jitters, but it scares me to think my daughter will now be spending most of her time with their offspring....who will learn no better than their parents likely.

Kathy said...

It's funny that I read this today because yesterday in the market I ran into a mom I knew when my first child was in the 3 year old class. We were so excited to see each other, hugged and picked up as if it hadn't been a good 6 years since we saw each other (she has never even seen my youngest, who is 6 since although we are in the same district we were not in the same elementary school) I was remembering how those women, even thoug we were only in the class with most of them for only that year really bonded. We had play dates, wathced each others kids and went on mom night outings! When we run into each other or see our kids they remember us and it's very warm and fuzzy. Just so you know, it did not start out that way. It was very much like how you described those first few days. I wonder if everyone is just terrified. Then again they may be just rude but I'm really hopping you have the same great experince we ended up having!!

Lady Goo Goo Gaga said...

Omg, this sounds exactly like my preschool experience!! Hang in there!!! I hate people too.....

Sadie said...

Two things: sometimes a warm and fuzzy kindergarten teacher can actually be a bad thing. Imagine a room with 20 children aged 3 to to 5 and a teacher who is warm and mooshy - it can get ugly fast! Friendly is important, but stern can be equally important. Second, I think it is really strange that parents were aloud to stay for the visits. Most schools I know the parents drop their child off for an hour to two hours for the visit. Parents are invited to come back early at the end to quietly observe and then ask questions. The idea is that the children get an opportunity to ENGAGE with the teacher and classmates WITHOUT the nervous and unsmiling faces of their parents. I think your school did those little JKs a dis-service by not having them for a short visit without parents. Hopefully nerves just got the best of everyone! Good luck to Gracie!

therealhousewifeofoxfordcounty said...

That sucks Sarah, I like to make these moms as uncomfortable as possible. I stand really close smile, touch their arms when I laugh (and I add in a few laughs) this makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.. and it makes them even more pissed.. Enjoy the year you can have some real fun with these chicks.

The Home C.E.O. said...

people are assholes. next to you see them say to yourself "these people aren't good enough for me to talk to them. heathens!"

it's your club and they're the ones not invited. hmph!

Caffeinated OC Mommy said...

Oooohhhh!! I can't STAND that kind of attitude Sarah Darling! I wish I could of been there with you so I could just tell them how rude they're being... or pour my coffee over their heads, now that would have got them talking! lol

I have no time for Mommys who behave like that, keep being you my Dear and you WILL make a difference in the life of the one who looks up to you... Gracie... Blowing kisses my Dear... xoxo

Lizbeth said...

OMG, I had the exact same experience. And I don't get it. I mean you're going to be with these people till next June, didn't anyone tell them to try or at least fake it?!?

Sometimes people just tank.

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