The problem with middle school is that they make them carry way too much stuff to school and back everyday. Oldest's backpack feels like it weighs 20 pounds. She also has to carry her violin to and from school everyday. That means the poor girl suffers from back strain and exhaustion by the time she gets home. So she really doesn't need to bear any additional weight in her bags.
So today, Oldest gets off the bus and stomps over to me fuming mad.
Me - What happened?
Oldest - One of your daughters stuck this into the bottom of my backpack. (She pulls out a 5 pound hand weight and shoves it at me.)
Me - OMG! (starts laughing hysterically.)
Oldest - It's not funny! Stop laughing! You should feel sorry for me!
Me - I do! This is terrible and really really mean. But it's really really funny too.
Oldest - Mom, they clearly have your sense of humor.
Me - Yes, but don't tell them I laughed. (My money at this time is on Angus.)
So Angus comes home and I immediately ask her if she was the guilty one. She admitted it and asked why I was mad. When I told her Oldest had carried it all day, she was horrified.
Angus - But why didn't she take it out?
Me - Her bag was already heavy and she was in a rush. She didn't realize.
Angus - Well then she's an i-
Me (sharply) - Hey!
Angus - Sorry, Mom. I know that was bad and I feel bad about it, but I really want to laugh too. But you're not laughing and so I know I shouldn't. Is it wrong that I think it's funny?
Me - It's funny after the fact but it wasn't funny for her carrying it all day.
Angus - (hangs her head) I'm really sorry. I'll go talk to her. But even though you are very serious, I bet you're going to laugh about it. Too bad I can't.
With a heavy sigh, she turns to go to her sister's room and I listen to her apologize and make up with her sister. She can laugh about it soon enough. But for now, I'm realizing how fast they are all growing up and it makes me sigh too.
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