Every so often, I get a call from the school. I have their number programmed into my phone so when I see it, a little bit of panic washes over me for a second.
What could this be about?
I hope the boys are ok.
Is one of them sick?
What in heavens has Carter been up to this time?
Now generally speaking, the last one is just me jumping to conclusions. GENERALLY.
Let's go back about two weeks ago. I get a call from Carter's teacher informing me he was out of sorts that day and that during reading time, he said he was sick. She said she didn't think I would have sent him to school unwell and that she saw him running around the playground earlier on and he seemed fine, but she wanted to check just to be sure.
I told her no, he wasn't sick, just the king of avoidance and that he can be very creative if needs be. She then started laughing and told me just how creative he had been.
After the "I'm sick" routine failed, old Tarts tried "I'm tired" instead. To make his story more believable, he decided some extra detail was necessary. Apparently he said;
"I'm so tired. I'm just really, really tired because I didn't have ANY sleep. I was up ALL night getting smacks so I'm very tired now!"
With his teacher laughing on the other end of the phone, I sat with my eyes shut shaking my head, not in disbelief - because it did sound like something Carter would say, but more that we have a child that can make accusations like this and no one bats an eye lid. I'm hoping our time at school with Tony has shown we are not child-beaters who keep our children up ALL night for a good 'ol smacking.
It either says something about us, or a whole lot about Carter. Either way, I have no doubt there is a great deal more humiliation in our future.