Sooo—Thursday after school I get a phone call from the Elementary principal and the conversation went something like this:
E.P—This is___ ____ from the elementary school.
E.P—Yes, I needed to call and ask you to help us find out whether or not Angel touched the bat.
E.P.—Yes, well, the dead bat that was brought in by a mother on Monday morning was found to have rabies so we are calling all the parents of the students that may have touched the bat.
ME—THE DEAD BAT??! (silence) Monday??!! (silence) We weren’t here on Monday—THE DEAD BAT??!!
E.P.—Yes, well, a mother brought a dead bat in and showed it to the kindergartners and the 4th graders on Monday. The students were specifically told NOT to touch the bat but we found out today that there were several students who did it anyway. Angel was one of them. At least she says she is—would you mind asking her if she REALLY did??!!
ME—ummmm---You betcha. —“ANGEL!!!!”
ME- did you touch a dead bat on Monday?
Angel—(with a Dang—she found out face) Yes
ME—Seriously?! Do you realize that if you stick with this story you will have to receive several shots??!!
Angel—(seriously thinks on this with a dang this really stinks face) Yes
Angel—well I was going to touch it and then I decided not to and as I was pulling away my hand it brushed the bat.
ME—(back on the phone, thinking—how did I fail this child and what kind of mother misses a dead bat with rabies event??!!) Yes, she did touch the bat.
E.P—Yes, well, they were given strict instructions. We will have to weigh her tomorrow to order her shots for her. There will be an informational meeting after school tomorrow but it’s not mandatory. Thank you and please feel free to call me anytime.
Yes, I am like soo getting Mother of the Year this year.
After I process the fact that the principal just called me and informed me that there was a dead bat in the school (on purpose) and that my daughter touched it………. I got online and checked the semi-local news station. It was ‘breaking news”! Their story said that the mother brought the dead bat to school along with a bottle of hand sanitizer so they could use it AFTER they TOUCHED the BAT. For the first time in my life I think I might believe the news. Oh the humanity!! I am sorry if that mother reads my blog but I just gotta say—
Just how did this go down?! Good morning ___ ___!
Lovely bat you have there, and so good of you to bring the hand sanitizer ---those children are so lucky to be involved in your show and tell!!
This is how I feel that MY belfry looks:
And here is my bat—
I’m just sayin………………….