Of course, Mom doesn't see it that way. She likes the kids. That's the best part of her job. There have been bad spots, but she also has almost three decades of good kids, the ones who thank her, the ones who give her little gifts and don't whine, and whose parents don't blame her for their failure to PAY FOR THEIR CROTCH-FRUIT'S MEALS. I'm a little more touchy about people being mean to my mom than she is. She thinks of the good things, even if she's uneasy about someone new taking over her kitchen.
She also has a lot of co-workers, past and present, that she'll miss seeing every day. One of those, a fourth-grade teacher, had her class write my mom cards. They were drawn in crayon on white paper, and displayed a range of ability with words and drawing. Even the ones scribbled out like form letters were cute and touching.
I'm not one to make fun of people (quiet . . . ), but sometimes mistakes are made (thank you, Charles Baxter) and they can be funny. One girl wrote a card that included the following:
"Thank you for serving our lunch and Preparing our lunch. Your a great prison."
That made my day. How does a kid spell "preparing" correctly but not "person?" Amazing. And funny.
I agree. Mom's a great person. And she 's never locked me up that I can recall. If she has, it's been years. No matter how much I've deserved it.
Mom and me on my wedding day.