Yup, that is all I heard being yelled at my son’s Cross Country Meet that he could attend but not participate in because of his grades. Not only is this school no joke about grades and athletics (California schools can all go suck it) but they are really on top of it and strict about performance.
The Boy had his first Life Lesson on learning about the consequences of being a slacker.
While he was still forced to ATTEND the meet….it was noticed by all, teammates and parents alike, that he was standing on the side lines. Hence….the title is all I heard.
“Yes…thank you for shouting that across the field little teammate…maybe you can shout it a bit louder??”
So then I wonder….why was I the one who was absolutely mortified to be his mother. I wanted to crawl under a rock and not be associated with this loser of a kid. It was probably the first time I was utterly embarrassed to have him as a son. I’m sure it won’t be the last time.
However, all that changed because I will say that since then, he has missed three meets and by that I mean, he is at them, he just can’t participate. But today is the final meet and he actually brought his grades up enough to be able to participate. He brought one grade of a D up to a B+!!! And all D’s are at C’s. It’s just Math that was in the F range for a while….but I’m working on that with him. But still….I say that’s pretty awesome!
So, he had to hang his head in the Cone of Shame for a while, as did I, by default, but he roughed it out and got his shit together. That is what life is all about, right?