A Strong Coffee: What Not To Buy Little Man

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

What Not To Buy Little Man

Last week middle man merrily bounced out of school and waited for his elder brother to come out of class. All of a sudden he started panicking. He had forgotton the picture he had made. I told him to go and get it and he excitedly did so. A minute later he returned in floods of tears. I immediately assumed that the teachers had mistaken said masterpiece for some recycling and his beloved picture had been binned. Of course that wouldn't be the case as they are the same teachers that sent home this:

child holding cardboard boxes


I know to the untrained eye it appears that middle man is mearly carrying 3 cereal boxes home to recycle, but this is actually a gup that he made for his brother and was really proud of for the few minutes before it fell apart from the 3 pieces of sticky tape holding it together.

Anyway, I digress. Middle man couldn't get into his classroom and was upset as he really wanted his picture. Big man's class was showing no signs of leaving anytime soon so I popped round with him wiping away his tears. When I got there and they saw how upset he was the teachers really went overboard about how great middle man's picture was. They told me how he had thought about every present he had put under the tree. They handed me this:

reception work at christmas


"Oh that is so lovely!" I exclaimed.

"I know" said middle man. "I chose this for you and Daddy" he said pointing at some mathematical counting blocks that he had cut out of a teaching resources catalogue. "This is for little man...."

"No!" Screamed little man bursting into tears. "Me not like that!"

So I left the room with not one but two crying children. One upset that his imaginary gifts were unwelcomed from his brother and one who I now know really doesn't want any colouring pencils under the Christmas tree.

13 comments:

oneblueonepink said...

Aw Louise, this is so sweet! Middle man is so caring! x

Sarah MumofThree World said...

Bless them! That's so sweet, but, I imagine, also rather infuriating!

Louise Fairweather said...

ummmmmm he did choose the best present for himself - he had a ball! x

Louise Fairweather said...

It was a laugh or cry situation! Big man would have panicked if all 3 of us were in tears!

Mother Goutte said...

That's really sweet! It's amazing just how intense children are, isn't it?! The other day my 5 yo had just got into class and came to me in tears as I was passing his class windows. He didn't have his reading fodder. Turned out he had opened the wrong part of his backpack...

Louise Fairweather said...

Oh bless him. Intense is just the word. I suppose middle man had thought long and hard about which teaching resource we would all like :-)

Louise George said...

Oh bless - love middle man's Christmas tree picture but sorry that little man wasn't quite so impressed!

Cariemay said...

Aww bless - it's a fabulous picture! And now you've got a good head's up on your Christmas shopping!!

Izzie Anderton said...

How brilliant... at least you know what not to put under the tree this year!

Louise Fairweather said...

yep got rid of those coloring pencils!

Louise Fairweather said...

:-)

Louise Fairweather said...

I think he was just tired

Helen Actually... said...

Well at least you know, I guess. Imagine the distress if that's what he actually got! What is a gup???