Yesterday afternoon, I got an e-mail from Brooke’s aide. Yes, I sometimes get notes in the middle of the school day. Yes, we have the best support staff EVER. Yes, I do completely understand and appreciate that fact. Moving on ..
She wanted to let me know that she’d had a conversation with Brooke that she’d found a bit concerning. She wasn’t overly riled, but wanted to check in. And upon reading her note, even though I was laughing so hard that I snorted, I understood completely. You see, if one is not well versed in the dialogue of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, it might just strike them as a little odd when Brooke is on an exercise machine and she yells out, ‘I’ll fly flat on my back and kill myself!” Yes, perhaps out of context, it doesn’t sound so good.
However, if you’ve seen Charlie Brown try to kick that damned football enough times, and if you’ve heard him say to Lucy, “You just want me to come running up to kick that football, then pull it away so you can see me fall flat on my back and kill myself!” approximately 6,432 times .. well, you might just start to get the hang of it.
Or, if perhaps one day last weekend you just happened to grab your phone and videotape your daughter in her PJs reciting Sally’s angry string of epithets at Linus because her rendition was about the funniest thing you’d ever seen, well .. let’s just say you wouldn’t be too concerned.
(But I do appreciate her checking in.)
(The ‘real’ words .. I was robbed! I spent the whole night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, when I could have been out for tricks or treats. Halloween is over, and I missed it! You blockhead. You kept me up all night waiting for the Great Pumpkin, and all that came was a beagle. I didn’t get a chance to go out for tricks or treats. And it was all your fault. I’ll sue! What a fool I was! I could have had candy apples and gum and cookies and money and all sorts of things, but no, I had to listen to you. You blockhead. What a fool I was. Trick or treats come only once a year. And I missed it by sitting in a pumpkin patch with a blockhead. YOU OWE ME RESTITUTION! )