One show-and-tell day, one of the girls brought a medal to school and put it in the show-and-tell box. “This is my dad’s medal that he got from my mum” she told the class proudly. It was one of those novelty medals from the $2 shop, and on it were the words “sex legend”.
Another show-and-tell day, a girl brought something pink with a bunny on it. Luckily I saw what it was when she was putting it in the box. She had brought her mother’s vibrator!!!! There was no way I was letting her talk about that! The story actually got worse because when I called the mother to come and fetch it from the school immediately, she wasn’t available, so the grandmother had to fetch it!!! (I can’t imagine what the conversation in that house would have been!)
One of the boys brought a photograph. “This is my dad’s car when he’s driving on the motorway.” Then I noticed that the number plate was highlighted and there were some numbers in the corner. When I asked the boy about why that was, he told me his dad likes to drive “real fast”. Hmmm…
I do also get the boring things like “this is my rock that I found in the driveway and I like it because it’s grey” but mostly it’s interesting. My advice to all mums out there – check what your child takes to school!