I totally contributed to my kid’s truancy the other day. But if life has given us nothing else, it has given us experience. Mel had a dental appointment in the afternoon. I made the appointment for 3 because he gets out at 2:30 on Wednesdays. I figured, I’d just grab him from in front of the school and we’d be on our merry little way.
When I got up that morning, we were having a “weather aware” day in Knoxville. It’s one of those days where everyone is on edge because there’s a strong possibility of “strong damaging winds and tornadoes.” Now, I know that, rarely, if ever does a tornado touch down in the valley where I live. That’s not even an issue for me. The winds? Eh, I can deal with those too. I also know that the school is really probably one of the safest places for my kid to be in the event of an emergency. Call me selfish, though, because in the event of an actual emergency, I want my kid with me. I don’t want him entrusted to the hands of strangers who, in the event of the fit hitting the shan, won’t actually give a shit about my child’s safety, especially if they have children of their own. Plus, a few years ago, when my two eldest were in high school, we had a day, not unlike this day, where the school was put on lockdown because of a tornado warning and the school would not release the kids to anyone, even their parents. It took me almost an hour and a half to get my kids and that was AFTER dismissal time. It was crazy. So, yes, I am that mom that is going to throw a damn fit until they either arrest me or release my kids to me, because when the end comes, if we are stuck in the throes of it, I want to be stuck with them. I know it’s kind of morbid to want to make sure I’m with my child in the event of our untimely deaths, but I do. Let’s face it, the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Global warming is real despite the delusion of some people (45). So if I want to be with the ones I love to tell them I love them when the end comes, then I’m going to do just that.
Not to mention, I didn’t want to have to reschedule his dentist appointment. And I don’t want to pat myself on the back for being right a lot of the time about a lot things, but on this particular day as we were leaving the house at the time that I would have been driving down the street to pick him up, I got an automated phone call from the school saying due to the weather, school was going to let out 15 minutes later and possibly even later than that depending on the weather. So we went on to the dentist without any issues because he was already with me because I’m an unfit parent (who is right a lot of the time).
As a side note: did you know that there is a machine that now makes crowns in the dental office? That’s what we were going for. Mel cracked his tooth because he’s a tooth clencher and they had to put a crown on him. So they drilled down his tooth and took some pictures on this new space age machine and basically 3D printed his new tooth in the office with water jets and tiny drills. It took about 15 minutes and he had a brand new fancy tooth for them to put in. I know I’m easily amused, but you would have been too if you saw the way they took what looked like a die and quickly carved it into a molar. Technology is really cool.