Love Stinks

Our youngest needs special help at kindergarten.

He can do the work.

He can read.

But because of his condition, he is easily distracted.

He may spontaneously break into song and dance; which would be ok if it was prompted by the music teacher, but obviously less appreciated during circle story time or math.

As such, we have a helper assigned to him for most of his day, and the school fills-in with an assistant when necessary.

To help us understand issues that he has during a school day, we receive a daily written log describing his performance for each morning and afternoon activity.

A typical day would feature positives such as "played well during inside recess with two peers" or "client was asked to speak quietly which he did." The report also may include a description of problems that occurred like "refused to follow directions."

But occasionally, an unexpected comment needs more clarification.

Like this one:

During afternoon snack today, client was using a large pretzel stick as a microphone to sing "Love Stinks."

I mean how can they leave a dad hanging like this?

I need more information.

Did he sing all the words correctly?

Do we need to work on his octaves?

Is he making effective use of air guitar when appropriate?

The Mrs.' response was to laugh.

I'll do some more research and determine how I can better support little guy's snack time singing gigs.

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Confession: Unfortunately, I am to blame for the Love Stinks inspiration. Last year, I was showing someone the following clip  from The Wedding Singer movie where Adam Sandler offers his version of the 1980s J. Geils Band "Love Stinks" and the little guy thought it was the funniest thing ever. 

Sorry but if the embedded video is not working, you can go here to see it.



29 comments:

Em-Musing said...

I'm laughing too, too cute a story.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

My first reaction was to laugh too and I hope the teacher did too... appreciated the humor while still getting across that it's not necessarily appropriate at the time!

Can I ask, what's with "client?" Is that your word or theirs? It caught me off guard... if I wasn't addressing the child by name, I would tend to use student or child, but not client. Thoughts?

Kay G. said...

Oh, I was hoping for this clip, and you did not disappoint!!
Such a funny movie, my son and I quote from it all the time...
"Sounds like a country song"...that's one we use a lot!
So glad my son just graduated from college! Those days of getting notes from the teacher, happy to see the back of them. (And he was the most wonderful student and kid!)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

My son "acts" (his words), though I can guarantee anyone from Hollywood would strongly disagree with that. He doesn't do it at school, though, especially now that he's 13. He saves it for home, but he's been doing it since he was a preschooler.

I loved your response to the comment, Slam Dunks. :D

Pat Hatt said...

LOL I'd sure just laugh too. He can even eat the mic when he's through.

Miranda Hardy said...

I'm with your wife. That makes me smile and laugh.

messymimi said...

Then there's the really big question: Would he wow them on America's Got Talent? ;)

LD Masterson said...

I was also stuck by the word "client". Feels so cold and impersonal. But I'd love to hear a follow up on that report. Is it time to drop kindergarten and focus on his music career?

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Nice to know the school system "reports" are chronicling the "up and coming" potential star you have on your hands.

But yes, the important facts were left out.
Like NO lip-synching!

Stay safe out there.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

Your son sounds like he is full of personality. I hope that the school doesn't drum all of this out of him. The spontaneity in which he refuses to conform may be the kind of creative spark that in adulthood causes him to be a superstar. I for one always behaved in kindergarten and in all my classes. I always did all of my work. And now, I'm just a mediocre nobody at the age of 41. Looking back on things, I kinda wished I hadn't been as conformist as I was.

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

LOL! Sounds like a fun kid! And I LOVE that song. Play it quite a bit because the tone is hilarious.

I hate how schools demand such conformity. And "client"? Really? How about "student?" Or better yet...human being!

Mommy Lisa said...

oFERcute as we say in MN.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh cute. My 6 year old recently talked another kid into cutting his hair during school. They both got into bigtime trouble.

Jess said...

Um, my first question would be, "Did you get that awesomeness on video???" Love that scene, love that movie! It sounds like an adorable moment.

Christina Lee said...

BWAHAHa, oh that's stinking cute! And i appreciate your response to a situation that might be frustrating or disheartening.

Brian Miller said...

smiles....i dont think he was supposed to be singing or working on his octaves dad...ha...but i understand...i have an artistic young one that gets in trouble for his acting....

terri said...

Should I admit that I distinctly remember when the J. Geils version was popular? Ah, what the heck!

My middle son had a very unique collection of favorite movies when he was in elementary school. Some of them were The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Sandlot and yes... The Wedding Singer. He and I would stop to watch the Wedding Singer anytime, anywhere. Your post brought back fun memories.

As for your son? He sounds like an entertaining little spitfire. They may try to tame his behavior in Kindergarten but I bet his personality will really take him places when he grows up.

BobKat said...

Funny Slam... humor helps. We still have issues in life, but humor does help.

Lydia Kang said...

That is too adorable!

A Doc 2 Be said...

You have such a great way of telling stories!!! This one is classic SD.

Maxi said...

It's sounds like a child being a child to me. A child being a client?
I dunno…
Blessings ~ Maxi

Reggie said...

That is sooo funny. Your son is clearly a wonderful, creative little character, Slam Dunks. He'll make it big one day, you just watch. :-)

Pia said...

Slam, you always make me laugh with your stories. =D

lisa said...

LOL! I think he's destined for greatness!

ladyfi said...

Your kid is awesome!

Cindy Beck, author said...

Had to laugh at this. Sounds like you have a pretty talented son. If only the school would recognize that and encourage him in that direction. No reason the kindergarten can't perform "The Wedding Singer," for parents, right? :)

By the way, thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog about the IRS!

Slamdunk said...

Sorry just to clarify--the report is generated by the helper who is employed by a separate non-profit and not the school.

She means no disrespect with the term client and interchanges that with his real name in the writing. The reports are viewed by various folks so using "client" is directed at the professional audience.

Thanks to everyone for the comments.

Candice said...

Love that movie!!

Matt said...

What a great story - enjoyed reading it.

The only comment that I would add is that if your young one can get to a point where he can be as funny as that clip - he will do just fine!