Friday, August 11, 2006

Jr. High

Yesterday the girls and I went to the schoolhouse to register the older daughter for Jr. High. She saw some of her friends and said hi. She was measured and weighed. Her vision was tested. Her lunch account was brought up to date, and she was given her lunch card. Then came the biggie--her very own locker. Number in hand, she walked the hall, her younger sister running excitedly ahead of her to locate it first: her very own space within this institution of higher learning, her home away from home. She found it. She fingered the latch and opened it at last. Inside the door, scrawled in dark marker was the word, "WHORE".

Welcome to Jr. High, my dear.

8 comments:

GrumpyTeacher1 said...

Poor kid.

alaiyo said...

Makes me cry. Give her an extra hug from me. :(

Blessings,

Beth

Fieldfleur said...

You captured that innocent to ugly side of life so well with your short words here, Cindy. I pray that your daughter erases such things and walks in goodness, safety, and confidence while she's there. Yikes! A passage through ...

Take care,
Teri

Cindy said...

I've determined to talk to the principle and see if they have the right cleaner to take that stuff off. If so, I'll volunteer to do it myself and save their staff the trouble. I know they've got more to keep up with than they can possible do, and I'm grateful for their work and don't want to pile more on them. At the same time, I DON'T want the older daughter to have to go through the year knowing what would be under the picture or poster she plans to put up on the inside of the door to cover it.

No child, male OR female, should have to deal with junk like this. At that age, they've all got enough junk to deal with anyway.

Lauren said...

Hey Cindy, if nothing else, ask the school to repaint the inside of her locker, if the word does not come off. Poor kiddo, sorry she had to deal with that.

Gail said...

How sad that she had to find those words on her locker, but how wonderful that she had her mother with her who can talk to her about all of those things and more...what an honor to be a mother, and better a godly one.

Have you thought about using one of those Mr. Clean magic erasers on it? Those things clean almost anything...

Cindy said...

I spoke with the secretary on Tuesday evening at open house. When the older daughter started school Thursday morning, the offending word was gone. I'm grateful for a school staff that cares about stuff like this. It would have been easy for them to have ignored it and insist that we do, too, but instead I was told, "Oh, no! We'll take care of it, and if it won't come off, we'll assign her another locker."

Haven't seen you here before, Gail. Welcome to Quotidian Light.
You wouldn't, by any chance, have found this because of the Laura Ingalls Wilder connection? I see you're a fan.

Gail said...

Thanks for the hearty welcome... :)

Yes, I am a fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but I come by way of Ben and Ann Wilson over at Marriages Restored.

Glad to hear the offensive word was removed, praying she will bear up patiently under such things...