Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Tennis Shoes or Flip Flops?

This morning when I picked Rylee up from school she stopped by the Directors Office (Ms. B) to get a sticker and say goodbye to her. Well, today there was a visitor in Ms. B's office (which by the way did not dissuade Rylee in the least from barging in and getting her sticker), who turned out to be the Regional Director. We spoke with him briefly and then he mentioned that Rylee should not be wearing flip flops to school. Rylee loves her flip flops and does not like closed shoes because they make her feet hot. I had already discussed this with the Director and we had compromised to let Rylee wear her flip flops to school but take her tennis shoes for outdoor play or any other time that they may be needed. I explained this to the Regional Director as well as telling him that I am choosing my battles right now, but he was pretty insistent that she not wear those shoes so I said okay, well then feel free to tell her that. He looked at me a little strangely and said "You want me to tell her?" I said "Sure, if you don't mind" at the same time I was biting the inside of my cheek to keep from laughing. I glanced at Ms. B but she could not even stop the grin from entering her face! So he turns to Rylee and tells her that she cannot wear those kind of shoes to school because her toes might get hurt. Rylee, who was concentrating on picking out just the right sticker looked at him, planted an amazingly adult looking scowl on her face and said "Huh? Mine no have ouchie!" He explained it to her again and she pointed at him "Where's you house? Xiao Bao no ouchie, Xiao Bao have dis one shoes, YOU NO SAY ME OUCHIE!" She proceeded to stare him down until he looked at me and told me that he has little kids of his own and that you just have to use a different psychology - at this point I am barely holding it together because I KNOW what is coming!!! I just managed a sort of grunt and turned back to Rylee. He tried again but Rylee stopped him mid-sentence "Where you house? You go you house and no tell mine no shoes!!! THIS NO OUCHIE!! Xiao Bao like Ms. B she no say ouchie, I smoocha her, I NO SMOOCHA YOU!!!" She went over and hugged Ms. B and gave her a kiss and pointed her finger again at the R.D. "DIS NO OUCHIE, Common Mama lets GO!!!" She grabbed my hand and pulled me out the door, shaking her head and sputtering the whole time about this man!


  1. Okay,I would love to hear what the Director said to Mrs. B after you and Rylee left!!!!!

  2. We have the same problem. Sort of. Zuzu's feet get way too hot. When we had a warm spell the other week, all we heard was, IT IS TOO HOT!
    Anyway, she came home the last day before spring break and showed me the Monday she went back to school and told me Mrs Milligan wore flip flops today, Zuzu wear them day 1 (Monday after vacation). Oh vey. I told her teacher the story and she said she got in trouble from another teacher because they are not allowed. Oh vey! We went to buy teva's and hope they are allowed.

    You do a great job writing like she speaks. Sounds a lot like Zuzu.

  3. I would love to have been a fly on the wall...she is a riot!!! Just wait 'til she's 13 and it's all directed at you!!!

  4. Now that's a girl who knows what she wants, and isn't afraid to tell you ;). She is darling!
    I wish my girls liked flip flops as much, I love them but they prefer tennies.
    It's great to find another older adoption blog, beautiful family. Thanks for sharing.


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