Thursday, August 16, 2007

Reason #1,753 why parents must have a sense of humor

Tonight was Unruly's first grade orientation. You know, go to the school, find your class and your desk, drop off your supplies and meet the teacher. All pretty basic, straight forward stuff that hopefully will help get the school off to a great start.

Unruly was excited to go. She went swimming for a bit before we had to leave and came in immediately when I called her to get changed. She picked out one of her pretty sun dresses, a dark turquoise number with spaghetti straps and a pair of sandals to match. She even brushed her own hair and gathered up her stuff.

The drive to school is about 20 minutes and we chatted about seeing friends again and being sad that summer is over but excited that school is starting.

I parked, opened my door and turned around to help her get her stuff out of the car. It's a two-door, so maneuvering stuff in and out of the back seat can be a challenge. As she swung her legs out of the booster seat and out of the car I caught a glimpse of something I shouldn't have.

Oh. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap.

"Unruly! Where are your panties?!" A blank look crossed her face. She had no idea she wasn't wearing panties.

I frantically dug through the pile of discarded clothes on the backseat and floor, hoping against all hope to find a stray pair of panties. No luck. But, I did discover where all of her socks have gone. So, that's one mystery solved.

"Mom, I forgot, I really forgot! I thought I put them on. I don't want to go home!" Figures the poor kid would inherit my lack of short term memory.

"Can you keep your legs closed and not jump around and act like a fool? You don't want anyone to see your girl parts, right?"

She nodded sagely, accepting this task, these rules, as stipulations to go to the orientation.

She did beautifully. She acted like a lady. Kept her legs together, didn't give anyone an eyeful and constantly looked at me for approval of her behavior.

I wonder how many parents have unknowingly brought their first-graders to orientation commando?


Ninja Of The Mundane said...

Like mother, like daughter?

Linlee said...

Now that's a good one! Good blackmail story for when she gets

Dorky Dad said...

Hilarious. It's probably a good thing you noticed this.

Sona said...

Forgotten underwear is a rite of passage. I believe it's mandatory for all kids and they have to do it 3 times before they are fully initiated.

Don't sweat it. Bare bottoms are the least of the teachers concerns.

Anonymous said...


You wouldn't believe me if I told you!

The Hubby

goat roper said...

New morning ritual...'did you brush your teeth?, did you pack your homework?, do you have your lunch money?, do you have panties on? That child cracks me up!

Marriage-101 said...

Oh that is hilarious and completely adorable!

Heather said...

We should take a note and all go commando in our dresses in this frickin' heat!

If commando would get Payton to orientation, I'd be all for it. Just get him to go. I'd even get on the PA system and tell everyone I was commando if he'd go. tehehe! That'd be kinda funny anywhere but a school. Attention everyone, I have an announcement. I am going commando. BWahahaha.

Ninja Of The Mundane said...


Feel free to share.


ReesePie said...

that is priceless.

Jill said...

I have a 10-year-old cousin who loves to go commando. My aunt has to do regular underpant checks before they leave the house.

Diesel said...

LOL! My daughter fortunately inherited her mother's memory. My son, on the other hand, would probably walk out of the house not only commando, but wearing his pajama bottoms backwards.

Anonymous said...

Ninja, she's going to kill me for this, but they seem to have a way of disappearing even when we're going out for dinner!

Sometimes she whispers in my ear her dirty little secret, and still others she just opens her purse and lets me see them balled up, stuffed down in a corner.

Honestly? She comes up with much better reasons though!

The Hubby

Jenn said...

I was definitely seeing blackmail opportunities in this little incident.

Goat roper and Jill...I asked her if we needed to start doing panty checks in the morning, and she quickly agree. I think she was terribly embarrassed that she forgot her undies!

Heather...don't you know it! I can't really say she had the wrong idea...just the wrong place to explore her flower child tendencies.

Diesel...your son sounds like my Unruly..constantly with her head in the clouds, and possibly forgetting that head if it wasn't properly attached.

Hubby...I can't believe you just shared that!

MP said...

Oh man...I was the opposite at her age I remember my mom told me it was OK not to wear underware under my nightgown..I was appaled..then being the catholic school girl I had to wear gym shorts under my skirt..I would never have thought of going commando.. At 40..maybe!