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Why is it that when someone leaves you a message saying that it's not an emergency, but you should call back ASAP you feel like there's a mixed message there? Maybe because in the message they repeat 2 or 3 more times that it's not an emergency but they really need to speak with you. Maybe it's because that phone message is from the administrative assisstant where your child goes to school? If the point is being made it's not an emergency, but they need to hear from you soon are you thinking "What in the world has DD done now?"? Or are you thinking maybe there is something wrong, but they didn't want to leave the details in the message? Of course the answer to all these questions is to pick up the phone and call the school no matter the feeling of dread in your stomach. So you call the school, get the admin, and her first words are "DD's fine now". OK maybe not an emergency, but still not good first words. Turns out DD had overheated then passed out while serving at the school's Friday Mass. DD recovered once they got her cooled down and she was already back in class by the time I called. Poor kid was absolutely mortified that it had happened in front of the entire school. To add insult to injury, last night was the back to school party and poor DD not only had to field questions from schoolmates, but from their parents. On the drive home, DD leaned back in the seat, closed her eyes and with the pained fatality that only a preteen can muster noted "I'm never going to live this one down am I?"

When one has children, life is never dull.

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Comment by christi on August 22, 2010 at 4:03am
Had somethng like this happen to me too, can't remember the exact details but I wonder how these bozo's would feel if it was their child, don't think they would be too happy. My son was hit by a car just after he turned 10, it made me mad when his teacher asked me again 6 months after it happened, what was wrong with him. How many children are hit by a car that she couldn' remember. It wasn't because she was old since she was around the same age, just a lack of caring, which happens all too often!
Comment by Marnie/NH on August 21, 2010 at 8:41pm
I just had to share my grandson's remark when his mom stopped suddenly . A box had fallen out of the truck in front of her.( My sister was driving the leftovers from the garage sale to good will) My DD was right behind her with her load. GS was seat belted in and flew forward to the end of his seatbelt, and Said, OMG I am going to DIE ! I got such a chuckle out of him. We say if he doesn't play pro sports one day, he can always be an actor. Oh by the way he just turned 6 years old yesterday.
Comment by Gayle/La. on August 21, 2010 at 1:27pm
Kids vs. life vs. parents vs. school................LOL
Comment by Cheryl / NC on August 21, 2010 at 11:02am
Don't ya just love those calls? I sure had my share of them with 3 boys. Tell her "NO, you won't ever live it down, but you'll laugh about it at your 25th reunion!" And chances are good, at least it wasn't caught on tape like Marie Osmond's famous faint on Dancing With the Stars! Something to be thankful for! ;o) Hope your heart rhythm is back to normal Mom!
Comment by Connecting Threads on August 21, 2010 at 9:04am
Love the drama, so glad she's okay. Is your heart beating again? Mine might have skipped a couple of beats.
Comment by Trevi in Texas on August 21, 2010 at 8:46am
This is the perfect time for that very important "life lesson". That which does not kill you makes you stronger. Let her know that she survived and very well at that, and to remember this in the future when she starts to think she is going to die from embarrassment. Praise her strength and encourage her to be outgoing with her school mates.
Comment by Pam/NY on August 21, 2010 at 8:31am
Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on August 21, 2010 at 8:08am
Those call stop your heart every time, don't they? Had to chuckle at her "my life is over" type comment at the end. One of those times as a parent where you want to chuckle, but probably better not. Hopefully she will be able to find a sense of humor about it and not cave under the embarrassment. Those things seem so big when one is that age. She doesn't realize that after she's grown, it will barely be a blip on the life's radar screen.
Comment by Marla Southers on August 21, 2010 at 7:52am
Heat exhaution is not a good thing so thank goodness she is alright. Why or why do schools make kids go back in the hottest part of the summer?
Comment by B J Elder/WA on August 21, 2010 at 6:56am
Years ago my DD arrived home from school with her face swollen and cut and the school had NOT called me. Boy did they get an ear full. A kid pushed her down at recess and she took quite a whack. It was not a minor scrape. They learned from me that they better call the next time.
Glad your DD is okay and hopefully the school office will learn better people skills as their messages were not proper.

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