Yesterday was St Patrick's Day. In the morning as the little guys got ready for school, I asked them if they were planning to wear green so they wouldn't get pinched. Jebb looked at me funny but didn't really answer. Jackson showed me the clover he had painted on his cheek in green and let me know that the grey he was wearing was just fine as long as he didn't wash his face. Fair enough.
Jebb came back a few minutes later with a Lego Batman shirt that also had a small Lego Robin with green plastic legs. He told me that he was wearing green so he should be OK. He then asked me if kids would be pinching or pinching with their fingernails. I hadn't really thought about it, but obviously he had and he was a little worried. Realizing that he was in kindergarten, I assured him that he should be fine with Robin, but that kids probably would just pinch for fun--fingernails were not likely. That seemed to be what he needed to hear and they were off to the bus.
So after school we were at the table doing homework and we were discussing the day. Jackson told me that St Patrick got rid of a bunch of snakes in a town with a magic stick and that is why we have this Holiday. I am not sure that is the correct story, but I don't know the accurate version either, so we went with his. I asked the boys if they had gotten pinched. That is when Jebb told me that there is NO pinching at his school. He said the Principal told everyone over the speaker that this was the case. Sunnyside is apparently Kind, Safe, and Responsible. Or Kind, Safe, and Respectful. Or maybe it was Quiet, Friendly, and Boring. I can't remember. While I am glad to hear that the school is trying to teach good behavior, I wonder if sometimes they go just a pinch over the top.
Happy St. Patrick's Day