It’s so great to have a daughter in middle school!
More and more, she and I can really talk about stuff, really connect.
As is evident in these touching emails from yesterday.
She was at Mock Trial practice after school. She wanted to check in regarding transportation.
Dad, you are picking me up in approximately 56 minutes, correct? (3:34pm)
Forty minutes later, she sends another tender inquiry.
you’re aware that you will be picking me up in exactly 18 minutes or less, correct? (4:12pm)
Uh, yes. I can do the math. And I’m on my way. But wait, hold on … another email arrives, and yes, it’s from Little Miss Timekeeper.
dad, today’s mock trial is primarily about objections, and i don’t need to know any of that. I need to get my costume on with karine and do our make-up which will take a while. The lawyer said we can be dismissed, so can you pick me up.. like now? (4:05pm)
Hmmm. The tone is somewhat toxic. And I’m alarmed that she thinks she “doesn’t need to know anything about” objections. In my own experience, objections are fairly fundamental to courtroom procedure. But what do I know? I’m only an actual lawyer.
Still, I take the high road. I give her the necessary information.
there in approximately 7 min (4:19pm)
And, since it’s Halloween, and I’m already in costume, I try to inject some levity.
or should i say ‘Ozzy’ will be there in 7 min? (4:20pm)
Lulu doesn’t like it.
Lulu senses that Dad showing up dressed as Ozzy Osbourne is potentially embarrassing.
no, no you shouldn’t, it sounds cheesy (4:22pm)
Oh does it now? God, I wouldn’t want to cause any discomfort. Especially with her wanting to get home ‘like now.’
He had a horrible fake English accent. He had skull rings, fake tattoos, and a loud, buffoonish, confused manner. He not only interrupted Mock Trial, he loudly demanded the immediate release of “ME DAUGHTER!”
Yes, it was a childish stunt. It disrupted class. But I think most of us can agree, the kid had it coming.