God son, not again

30 Nov

Yesterday my keitai rings at about half two. It is Shou’s school. If it’s the kinder it usually means a child has a fever of 37.2 or something as equally ridiculous caused by said child running crazy or having just woken up from nap. But kids tend to stop getting random fevers when they get a bit bigger so if it’s a call from the school it’s usually a bit more serious.

Most instances to date have involved Shou lashing back and inflicting pain on other child. Highlights thus far include the baka handshake their teacher lets the two of them do at the end of each day (not anymore). They both lost balance one day, Shou didn’t fall but HTB did and whacked his head on the side of the desk. According to him and I’m sure the story he told his parents it was Shou’s fault. According to the teacher they were both in the wrong, as was she for letting them be silly buggers as part of their daily routine, but Shou just escaped unharmed.

They still have a way of making you feel very guilty though – don’t worry though, Shou didn’t mean to hurt HTB on purpose she said at the time. Really? You’ve just finished telling me they both lost their balance doing an over zealous handshake.  HTB, who has the athletic ability of a retarded snail, fell and is now in the nurses room with an icepack on his head. It was an ‘accident’.

The other one that comes to mind is when Shou and a 3rd grader were arguing and getting physical when Shou put the 3rd grader in a WWF super headlock and the 3rd grader bit him on the arm cause I think Shou was obviously obstructing his airway. What I question most out of this scenario is the after school care club staff. apparently Shou DIDN’T just go up and put the boy in a headlock. There had been a big argument and some pushing that lead up to the serious stuff.

Shit, then there was the time Shou and HTB were sitting down playing Lego and Shou took a piece of HTB’s lego. HTB lashed out by going in for the BITE – to which Shou, in that survival instinct of wanting to protect his face, lashed his claws out and HTB ended up with scratch marks down his face and once again Shou was left unscathed, but they both ended up in tears and when I arrived, exactly then, a second grade boy was physically pushing both their heads down and ordering them to apologise to each other – while the after school care woman was sitting there. (later HTB relayed the story by telling me Shou picked up his Lego and threw it and it smashed – which is blatant lies, like the time I went to pick Shou up and HTB ran up to me with tears in his eyes saying Shou had been kicking him. The after school care lady said, no he wasn’t HTB, you were both playing a game quite happily that involved you running around doing sideways ninja jumps and trying to hit the other person, you just kept missing and Shou got one in – it is no wonder his father blames Shou for everything when all they are hearing from their son is how Shou does this and that)


Yesterday, bloody yesterday. Shou’s teacher rings me to tell me about an incident that happened during lunch break in the gym. The kids were playing and a 4th grade boy threw a basketball at Shou. It missed. Shou threw it back. It didn’t miss and the boy turned at the last minute and got it to the side of the head – and was currently in the nurse’s room with an ice-pack on his head.

The teacher said the boy hollered blue murder. You could hear him cry throughout the school. Shou, who I can only guess was scared because it wasn’t his intention to hit the boy in the head and he definitely didn’t want to stick round to see if the boy (biggest boy in school – lovely kid but still, 70kg of 4th grader), was going to return the favor – ran back to his classroom. There was a meeting of sorts with both 1st and 4th grade teachers, Shou, and the other boy. They were both made to apologise and promise they wouldn’t throw balls at each other anymore – unless I imagine they are playing dodgeball, in which case you could probably get away with it. That game gets rough.

Shou’s teacher confirmed my thoughts when she said that Shou’s athletic abilities tend to mean he is left unscathed and the other party is left with an icepack in the nurses room.

He is my son, so of course I don’t want to think he does this kind of shit unprompted and it does seem that 99 percent of the time something has led up to whatever. Yeah, in the face scratching instant with HTB Shou did take his lego first but dang, can you not just ask for it back or tell the teacher. 7 year olds shouldn’t be retaliating with biting.

Unless of course my son has you in a headlock.



PS, took Shou round to the boy’s house directly to apologise with a small gift. I teach the boy and his brother English, used to work with their dad and am friends with the mum. The boy seems fine, no bruises, no bump on his head, nada. Had a chat with the mum and we are now going out for a mummy bonenkai in December and she is buying my chuhais for the PTA bonenkai next Friday – at which only beer is provided and if we want anything else must bring


8 Responses to “God son, not again”

  1. Tash November 30, 2013 at 2:50 am #

    I can’t believe they go to the trouble of calling you over a wayward basketball. Sigh. Like you say, Shou’s no saint, but if you’re playing with a ball and someone gets hit in the head it’s hardly a call the parent moment.

    • gaijinwife November 30, 2013 at 3:13 am #

      I agree. The teacher also suggested I call the boy’s mum to apologise – which I would have anyway cause I know her and because the teacher made it sound like it was quite bad and wasn’t it just a bloody blessing it didn’t hit the boys ear or eye… sigh.

  2. Adam W November 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    HTB is a bloody freaking trip! He’s the only other person in Shou’s grade, isn’t he? That must suck. Also, “HTB, who has the athletic ability of a retarded snail” is literary gold.

    • gaijinwife December 1, 2013 at 5:43 am #

      Yes, feel sorry for the both of them cause they really have completely different personalities – which is me being incredibly PC after calling him a retarded snail :p

  3. Michelle November 30, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Wow, Shou’s great! He always gets away without injuries, but I think he earned the respect of the other party. I mean, even the older boys!
    Be proud! 😀 School is rough and if he wouldn’t be doing what he does, he might be bullied. So he does the right thing. He stands his ground, he earns respect and he survives school without being the punching bag. He can protect his siblings later, too. 🙂

    • gaijinwife December 1, 2013 at 5:45 am #

      yes, he does seem to manage to jump away, run away, duck, or keep his balance better than his oponent – at this stage. I agree, as long as he isnt the instigator of such shite I am proud at least that he can fend for himself a bit and not take any shit.

  4. Jenni December 1, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    Let’s just hope the other kids are getting the message that Shou’s not to be messed with.

    • gaijinwife December 1, 2013 at 5:47 am #

      Well I hope so. All valuable life lessons though. With so few kids at the school the pickings are slim. There is one very athletic six grader who definitely wouldn’t miss but Shou has since declared him his best bloody friend – also another good tactic. Realise who could get you down and then befriend them!! Bloody hell.

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