I’m having a hard time not being angry right now. My hormones are raging to top it off. The school mixing up the lunch boxes caused a new problem. The other mother wrote a note and taped it on Kiki’s lunch box, pretty much stating that we need to check the names on the lunch boxes because we’re taking hers. She’s completely oblivious to the fact that not everyone goes inside the kids classrooms to pick up their kids, thus picking up the lunch box themselves, like she clearly does. Kiki moves into a different classroom midday. Her lunch box somehow gets left behind and she takes, because of a teacher as she can’t read, the wrong lunchbox with her. (If she actually EATS the other kids food, I don’t know yet. I HOPE not.) When a teacher hands my child with her lunch box and backpack all ready to go, I assume everything is in order. This will be the third year at this school for my oldest, and I’ve never had a problem, so I always find it safe to assume everything is fine. Clearly, this needs to change.
So this lady leaves a note on a two year olds lunch box. What she doesn’t know is that over the weekend we bought a NEW lunch box so this mix-up won’t happen again. So going to school to reclaim the old lunch box this morning and finding a note instead, irritates me. I didn’t complain in a note. I fixed the problem. If I wrote a note, it would’ve say, “Hey, the name on your lunch box is horribly faded. The teachers can’t see it. Please rewrite it so they know right away it’s the wrong one.” Kiki’s lunchbox is in dark black permanent marker written in large letters. You can’t miss it if you grabbed it accidentally. Unfortunately, the teachers ‘miss’ the faded name because they don’t check the other matching lunch box and assume it’s hers, thus causing a problem.
In summary, it’s ALL OUR FAULTS. The other mothers for not having an obvious, readable name on her lunch box which would potentially end the problem before it started, the teachers for not checking the name on BOTH lunch boxes to ensure they got the right one, and mine for not double-checking the one she is sent home with before I leave the school. I thought the first time was just a fluke. The second time it happened was what told me it was going to be a problem. So I naturally fixed it by getting a different lunch box. Her solution was complaining to me through my two year old toddler. I don’t appreciate it. I really, really want to tell her how inappropriate that is. Furthermore, accusing me of being entirely at fault which she has her own fault irritates me.
Tell me to check the name when her child’s name is barely visible… UGH! She’s a hypocrite. At least now with the new lunch box, I shouldn’t have to deal with her again. Unfortunately, there is another kid in her class with the same lunch box. There is a BUNCH of duplicates. I hope I don’t have trouble with this one. The other two kids don’t have trouble even though there is duplicates. This is my first time dealing with this particular teacher though. The other classes have been wonderful.