I was dropping my daughter off at her pre-school this morning.
We walked in behind a woman and her son, who was probably around four years old. He had long blonde hair and was wearing a black hoodie. She started talking to another mom in the lobby about how their kids liked to hang out in class and that she thought it was because they both had a little edge to them.
I thought, “Edgy is an interesting quality to assign to and be proud of in a four-year-old, but okay.”
I continued down the hallway now thinking about children like Ryder and Gavin Whatchamawhoosit.
The song, “Riding Dirty” inexplicably popped into my head.
We got to the classroom, and the mom and her son walked in behind us.
K ran to her teacher to hug her, and edgy kid ignored a little girl who was trying to say good morning to him and beelined for the other boys from his class.
Edgy kid’s mom looked over apologetically at the little girl’s mom and said, “Oh, I’m sorry about that, but you know, bros before…”
And then she trailed off and stopped mid-thought because we’re in room full of a children and maybe teaching them to say, “Bros before hoes,” before they even reach kindergarten is wildly inappropriate?
I don’t know. Maybe.
I laughed to myself a little, and couldn’t decide if I wanted to pull K from this school immediately or invite the mom out for an ice-cold can of Coors and a Marlboro at seven o’clock in the am because I usually want to hug and keep people who are that inappropriate.
Since I’m also really good at overreacting, I started remembering how I used to cry in fourth grade when my brother and his friends called me idiotic turd, and I couldn’t help imagining a scenario when I got back in the car where K comes home crying from pre-school because some boy called her a hoe, and “What does that mean, Mommy?”
I really want to laugh this off, but my heart is so heavy this morning.
I miss the good old days when turd was the worst name we knew to call each other.
♫..Tryin’ to catch me riding dirty…♫
Chamillionaire’s talking about his skid marks in this song, right?
*I had to google the song to learn the name Chamillionaire. I can’t unknow this.