My sweet boy -- he did not have the best week last week.
He got into some trouble at school when he disappeared from school grounds for a little while, and they started to panic when they couldn't find him.
Hmm, let's back up a bit. First of all, he's seven. And his favorite thing to do at recess is play on the monkey bars. Apparently the standing monkey bar etiquette is that you can stay on them for a maximum of 100 seconds, after which you must dismount, and let the next kid in line go. It seems my son was waiting his turn while a 1st grade girl was in front of him, but she was disregarding the 100 second rule, so he took matters into his own hands. He first tried telling her, but when he was ignored, he sought out a yard duty who apparently did not take action. I think the seven year old rule of thumb is, "When in doubt, smack the person." And so he did. THAT got people's attention -- unfortunately, the wrong kind.
His teacher asked him to apologize to the girl, but for whatever reason, he wouldn't. He doesn't handle embarrassment well. No apology? Go to the office.
Which is how he came to turn up missing. Because he didn't go to the office. No, it seems he left "school grounds," which I guess end at the green gates, and was standing in front of the school for a bit before they found him. That's when I got "the call," telling me about what happened and asking that we pick him up because he's done for the day. Fabulous.
When I got home that night, we talked about what he did wrong, how he should have handled it, etc. He was given the choice of either writing an apology letter to the girl, or missing his Christmas party at school the next day. After much discussion, and parental pressure, he took the high road and wrote the letter.
The next day (Thursday) his punishment at school was that he would take all of his recess' in the office. Everything seemed well and good until he returned to class after lunch recess. It was shortly after that his teacher discovered a note on my son's desk. It said,
"I'll be back."
Um, what? They thought he might have hit the restroom, but when he didn't turn up, they started looking. They never did find him, but after a while he came back on his own, and when they asked him where he'd been, he said, "I took recess."
Needless to say, he missed his Christmas party after all, and was not pleased about it. He says he's learned his lesson about leaving without permission, but only time will tell.
All I can say is...how much trouble am I in?