Monday, August 07, 2006

Hard, sad lessons

This involves my daughter and is one of those things as an adult, you understand and as a kid, you don't. Doesn't involve death, illness or anything like that, but "sweetstakes"-yep, sweepstakes (the first way is how Elena pronounces it). Now, kids at this age are literal sponges. She can quote any commercial that is aired on Nick with full authority. "Superman muscle chest, hands sold separately", "specially marked packages"etc. She knows them all. Anyway, this involves a sweepstakes that Fruit By The Foot is sponsoring. Mike brought home the nasty sugary rolls Saturday. Elena saw them and exclaimed "Ooh, $10,000 sweetstakes-great!". I explained that "many will enter, few will win" theory to her, but no, the commercial said $10,000. She has eaten a box since Saturday and was down to the last roll today. She announces "Finally, the $10,000 sweetstakes winner-I really need the money". I tried to explain that the winner is only in one box, across the US, etc. She answered "No really, help me find the winning thing on this". I explained again, she had the saddest look on her face and is angry at General Mills, Fruit By The Foot and Nick for "pretending there would be winners and making it sound like everyone who ate it would get $10,000." It's a cruel, cruel world isn't it?

Kid's College went okay. I got there early, like they said to in the letter and was told "Oh, orientation is online now". Okay, I signed her in, got her settled and left to run a gazillion errands. Get back at 11:45-sign the sign out sheet and wait for her to get back from Science class. Finally I see her, walking with kids older than she is, a lot older. She approaches me and says "they put me in the wrong class-"Design your own Web Page". I told the teacher, but no one did anything and I ended up playing video games all morning because I don't know how to program a computer". My eyebrow arches that "Oh, I see and I am so pissed" arch it does and I take her into the sign in/out room. Now, this shit is costing $40 a day and she played freaking video games???? I nicely asked someone about it. Apparently, even though I signed her in under the science class and she had a damn nametag on, got put in the wrong line. Now, the teacher can't send her to the right place? Furthermore, I have to sign her in and out of the program, but where she goes (they leave to other classes on campus)and with whom is okay? WTF. I am pissed because apparently role wasn't taken off the sign in sheet, etc. She could have freaking left the campus and no one would have know. I'm calling later today-I promised not to make a scene in front of Elena, but the more I think about it, the madder I get!

8 comments:

Vik said...

My first hard sad lesson was the one of the Three Kings and the camels...

KnitXcorE said...

She's so funny! Sweetstakes :-)

I would be pissed about that, too. She can play video games at home for free. ARGHH!!!!!

Kel said...

I would be pissed too! Your child's safety is at risk if they don't have their stuff together. Deneen, rip them a new one.

Wendy said...

Oh, that would make me so mad! I hope that you get some answers when you call and not more supidity (which the latter is what I am expecting.)

Sierra knows the commercials too, so I have tried to limit her tv watching to movies that I taped and Sesame Street. Sierra for the longest time was stuck on that Floam stuff. I never bought it but have seen it in the stores and have been tempted.

Stacy said...

Oh I'd be calling too. That's just unacceptable and scary.

DixieRedHead said...

that would piss me too :-(

Kathy said...

Don't blame you for being pissed. First they have no regard for your child's safety, and secondly you're not getting the very expensive class you paid for.

Jewels said...

Holy shit, that's rather frightening; no kidding you'd be pissed right off.
Tell Elena I just ate 9 ft of fruit by the foot and won nothing either, seriously, I did.

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