On a good day, parenting will test the integrity of your character. On a bad day, parenting will test your will to live. Parenting children with trauma histories will cause you to test the integrity of everything and everyone you thought you knew, for the rest of your life.
~J. Skrobisz

Sunday, August 8, 2010

faulty memory wires due to exposure to RADling psychoses

Tomorrow is the kids' first day. Huzzah! I survived another summer with them!

Said to Sissy at supper, "you're not going to do like you did last year in the first week of school are you?"


"you know. You wrote down all the homework in pencil when the teacher was looking and then erased it when wrote 'none' when she looked away so I thought you didn't have any homework?"

"I don't remember that."

"you don't remember being sneaky so you didn't have to do your homework?"


I was thinking: in a pig's eye! Of course she remembers!!!!

"OK. For the record, should you choose to do that this week, there will be serious consequences."


"No computer for a month, extra chores and revoking of all extracurricular privileges."

"wow. that's alot." Said deadpan to the open refrigerator door.

"Yeah. It is. On purpose. I don't like the sneaking about homework. OK?"

"yes ma'am."

Really? Does she honestly NOT remember? I mean, I guess it's possible she doesn't remember being so dubious and underhanded in her efforts to avoid homework. It's possible the med cocktail she's on has dulled her memory. It's possible the psychoses she suffered from this time last year was so severe it blocked her ability to remember the events. But can I be honest? That just burns my britches because by golly, I remember!!!!! And it really caught the teacher and I off guard that a fourth grader would be so underhanded!!! She was SO deliberately sneaky it made me want to vomit! And she has had the privilege of forgetting the whole thing.


Maybe RAD moms should be blessed with faulty memory wires due to exposure to RADling psychoses - it certainly would make for less harrowing blog material!

I actually have some cool thoughts rumbling in my bumbling brain. You can read all about my prefrontal cortex machinations tomorrow. Nighty night! Don't let the back to school bedbugs bite your RADishes!

Sissy's new haircut. Super cute and no fuss!


Little Wonder said...

Alas, I just wrote about this memory loss phenomena a few days ago, lol. For a kid that remembers EVERYTHING!!! grrrrrrrrrr.

I'm so jealous you get back to school already. :D

Heather said...

Sounds like Sissy and my daughter studied from the same manual - DD had lots of tricks - erasing the homework and rewriting none, removing pages from the planner (No, I do not believe the week went straight from Monday to Thursday), pretending to have forgotten the notebook at home so she could write assignments on a "backup" sheet for the teacher to sign, then write the ones she wanted to do in the planner later. If she put as much effort into doing the work as she does trying to get out of it, she'd accomplish tons!

But of course, she, too, will give me the ever-innocent, "I would never do that!" look when I remind her not to this year. Course it will look funny, since she shaved off her eyebrows last week...

Miz Kizzle said...

I must say, the writing in pencil and then erasing ploy is very clever. Underhanded and sneaky but clever as all get out.
She must really hate doing homework.