Yeah… That’s my kid alright, with a side of Holdenisms

After the last phone call I received from Holden’s school, I had hoped to NEVER receive another one again. Ever. Never ever ever! I just wanted things to go back to normal, with him being voted “good citizen of the day” (whatever the hell that is) and coming home telling me about what fun times he had and how he made new friends instead of talking about his cafeteria brawl with the lunchbox bandit.

For a little while, I got my wish. Holden was having a great time at school, there was no more thievery or slap fights. Thank cheezus there hadn’t been any stomach bug flying around like I’d heard about at other schools. School was yet again awesome, and I went back to enjoying being down to 1 child for the majority of my weekdays. My brain certainly appreciates it.

It was the day after Holden’s birthday, which also happened to be the day that my Dad planned to take us all out for the boys’ birthdays since he couldn’t make it to their party this weekend. There’s never telling with traffic when he’s going to show up, so I sat with the boys on the couch to pass the time by watching some TV while we waited.
When my cell phone rang, and I glanced at the number (which was not saved in my cell) the first three numbers called out to me as my Stepmother’s phone (yeah yeah, I don’t have it saved. My phone eats numbers!), and thought maybe it was her or my Dad calling to say he or they were running late for this whole dinner shebang we were waiting on.
Typically, I do not take calls from numbers not saved in my phone, but since I assumed this was an electronic flub (wouldn’t be the first time, I am cursed after all) and something that could affect our plans- I answered it without even thinking about it.

There’s a long pause
“Mrs. Sko-berl?”
I cringe at the slaughter of my last name
“This is Holden’s Teacher”
Oh my fuck. What in the hell did that child get himself into NOW?! I feel a giant nervous pit appear in my stomach instantly and my hands start to shake
“Oh… Hello…”
“Don’t worry. This isn’t a bad call, Holden did nothing wrong… There’s just something he said today that I wanted to talk to you about…”

She seemed incredibly hesitant, which made me even MORE nervous. I know my child, and I know he has a whacked ass crazy imagination and vocabulary to match and if you don’t know him- you’d think he’s sucking on frog’s ass. I had attempted to warn her in the most… discreet… way as I possibly could during open house- but I mean, how do you tell someone who’s never met your kid that they’re a fucking weirdo? That’s not awkward or anything. So yeah, I don’t think she fully comprehended my warning.

“Oh I’m so glad your husband answered. I could never repeat this to him”
I felt like I was in the finals of American Idol and that frosty-tipped munchkin Seacrest was about to tell me if I’d made it in the top 3 and then instead of calling out a name, pulls that whole “AFTER THIS BREAK!” bullshit. I’d throat-kick that fucker.

“I’m trying to get the exact words right…”

Are you feeling the frustration with me yet? Are ya??
Well, the story she told me went a little something like this:

“Well… Holden asked during class to be excused to the restroom, the one we have at the back of the class, because he had to go number one. So I excuse him, everything is fine. He comes back and five minutes later, I ask all the children, like I usually do, if anyone needs to use the restroom, and if so to line up. Holden gets in line, even though he’d just gone- so I questioned him: ‘Holden, you just went five minutes ago! You don’t need to go AGAIN, do you?’ and that’s when he said to me: ‘But Mrs. Teacher, my pecker feels like it was dipped in hot lava!'”

This may not be very mature of me, but I busted out laughing on the phone with this poor woman, who could hardly get the words out to tell me what he’d said. I was absolutely HORRIFIED, but I could not stop laughing. There was only a little comfort in the fact that she said she almost couldn’t hold back laughter either, but she was concerned. Was it possible he had a UTI?

I look over at Holden, who whines about EVERY-FUCKING-THING, and tell her that he just SAYS things like that. He is a very creative person with a creative vocabulary, and she stops me
“Oh, I’ve noticed”
From there, she goes on for another 20 minutes about the things he says and does in class and legitimately seemed surprised by this odd crotchfruit I have sent to be under her care- even though she has been teaching for a good 20 years or more. She said that on his birthday, she automatically assumed that he was turning 6 because of how “mature” he is compared to the other kids, instead of being the youngest in the class. SNORT! MATURE!
Yes, she meant his MOUTH is mature. ‘Cause she also mentioned that he can’t use a pair of scissors to save his life. Oops. Non-crafty mom fail!

“But please, Mrs. Teacher, I promise I am really really good with computers and I swear I know how to work it. Can I PLEASE play on the computer?”
Yeah… that’s definitely my kid.

I had considered, before school started, to attempt to explain Holdenisms to whomever his teacher might be. To give them a list of examples much like the ones I put in this blog, just so they would have some kind of idea what to expect to come out of him (other than snot and sass) as to not be alarmed WHEN it happens (and yes, I knew it was inevitable)… but how would a list like this go over?

“I just looked at the sun and it melted my brain freeze into liquid”

While in the car, after rolling the window down:
“It’s as cold as a dill pickle!”

“My armpit smells like shampoo”

After the lunchroom debacle:
Me: I heard you drank all the water in your ice pack?
H: Yeah! It tasted like skin fat!

“One day, I will watch SpongeBob again! Mark my words, my name is Holden!”

What do you think? Would that have better prepared a stranger to have a child such as that in their class?

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I asked Holden WHY he told the teacher that it felt like his pecker was dipped in hot lava… and he told me:

Well, if that’s not a legit reason, I don’t know what is.

Posted on September 21, 2012 by Holdin' Holden 16 Comments
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  • You’re kid is HILARIOUS. He’s definitely yours! I think he might one day be an author, too!

  • I love shampoo smelling pits. Holden is rad.

  • Omg I busted out laughing lol my step son is named holden and he is going to be 12 in december the things that he does and says just crack me up…oh and I love your blog!!

  • you need a business card for your blog to give to his teachers. let them figure it out that way LOL

  • When my oldest went to Kindergarten, I told his teacher that I was in NO way responsible for whatever might come out of his mouth. I told hubby that I was going to make the school sign a waiver stating that too, and he laughed at me. You and your boys are AWESOME!

  • Holy crap.
    I swear. . .
    I busted out laughing.

    I was told at the Kindergarten Pasta Dinner (a pseudo-open house event) that my son was sweet and … COLORFUL.

    ………..I can’t wait to hear exactly what that means..

    But, no calls home as of yet.
    But, believe you me… THEY ARE COMING.

    Because it’s funny… **giggles**

  • I think I am gonna pee. He for sure needs to marry my youngest. They are a match made in hell.

  • I love this post. LOL it kind of reminds me of when I was a kid, as I always used to say and come up with some of the wildest things you could think of. Heck I still do haha. It is probably a good thing that I never was able to have children cause I would be one of those dads who teaches all the bad things to do or say and then set back and laugh hysterically as their mother’s head was spinning around like she was possessed. I love this blog and look forward to reading the book. Keep up doing what you do.

  • Love the nervous feeling one always gets when getting a call from school. I have to say he is creative and at least he didn’t answer like my cousins son did when asked what his favorite pie was (by his fourth grade teacher) “Why it’s cootchie pie.”

  • Your kid is amazing. That teacher is lucky to have him in her class. My boys are a lot like that. Makes life interesting 🙂

  • Filly has that lack of brain mouth filter. She is, after all, her mother’s daughter. LOL

  • Sounds like Holden and my youngest would totally understand each other. She says the most off the wall random shit as well. 🙂 And I laugh like the “mature” adult that I am. *gigglesnort*

  • My son’s the same way. He has a vocabulary far beyond his years and hes a weirdo. I get comments from his teachers a lot. I just grin and bear it 🙂

  • Lol..priceless! It brought back memories of a call from my (now grown) sons preschool teacher. When it was his turn to describe the weather for class he proudly told his class”its colder than a witches tit outside today” ..(not a phrase that I would use..blaming dad on that one)lol.. that was pretty mortifying especially considering it was a Catholic preschool..

  • I love this one! Can’t wait for the next book!