Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Phone call from school


So today I got "the phone call"  the one every mom or dad is concerned about, the one from the school nurse- I wondered- who's hurt, who did we infect, etc...  The nurse was soo nice as she said, "Mrs. Babcock, this is Debbie the school nurse.  I think you need to come and pick up Cooper"  My heart was in my throat throbbing hard and fast..."He had an accident"...yes, yes, and... "and he doesn't have an extra change of clothes in his bag."  My first thought was phew and then the second was stupid me.  I sent a change of clothes the first week and never put them back in.  I knew better.  Then all I could think of was Cooper and how embarrassed he must have been and wondered if he had had one of his meltdowns.  I hurried to school with an extra change of clothes, socks, and crocks (couldn't find his extra tennis shoes).  When I went into the nurses office, the nurse smiled and before I could ask where he was I saw his tiny little face peering out from around a window in the back room.  He smiled this huge smile!  I went into the room and SMELLED his accident.  She had failed to tell me what kind of accident it was.  He said, "Sorry mom I kinda pooped in my pants"  Really, huh couldn't tell.  So I took him to the bathroom and cleaned him up completely- threw out the clothes- I even used some diaper rash cream on his legs because he had rubbed himself raw.  (Sorry this is gross but he was such a trooper.)  Turns out he had had the accident in the cafeteria at lunch.  The bathrooms are outside the cafeteria and the kids have to raise their hands to get permission to leave or get any sort of help.  So, he didn't get the help and had the accident.  He told me that he didn't want to sit down for the rest of the time that he was in the cafeteria so he didn't finish his lunch.  He said he didn't tell his teacher because she eats her lunch in a different room.  After lunch they went to music and I think it was there that he was discovered because apart from the smell when they first entered the room (which the music teacher thought was one who passed a puffy on the way in the door) he wouldn't sit down.  That was how he ended up in the nurses office as one of his classmates helped him get there.  He wanted to stay at school and I walked him back to class.  As I opened the door several kids said, "hey Cooper's back"!  One of them said "Hey, Copper, how come you pooped in your pants?"  to which he replied, "I dunno- I guess it just happens sometimes."  What a kid- What a gross, amazing kid!  There is no way that I would have gone for that long and not be upset, and I know there is no way I would have gone back into class.  He of course apologized several times and then again when he got home.  I love him all to pieces that one!  The picture above is of Cooper and his new kitty.  I guess animals do help calm the soul!  : )


9 comments:

Jill said...

oh poor coop. i'm glad he's ok, and he sure did take it all in stride. what a big boy!!

Chera said...

Amazing boy...he did a wonderful job handling the situation when he went back into the classroom like it was no biggie! You should be proud of him! ;o)

kristin and chance said...

awww my poor "pooper". haha! isn't that what jaxon used to call him? i am glad he was strong enough to go back to class, what a great kid! he's a real sweetheart. i loved the part where the kid asked him why he pooped his pants and cooper, oh so carelessly said, "i dunno--sometimes i guess it just happens." i love yous family and i miss you guys terribly.

Court Me Tennis said...

Tell Cooper I did the same thing at work yesterday. WEEEEIRD!!

Jcbaron99 said...

What a great attitude he had. You have yourself to thank for that!
I want to see pictures of that little Zoe!! I don't think I've seen any yet.

Jcbaron99 said...

What a great attitude he had. You have yourself to thank for that!
I want to see pictures of that little Zoe!! I don't think I've seen any yet.

Deborah said...

What a guy! Love what he said back to his classmate -- how come I can't think of snappy comebacks like that?!

Jaime said...

Oh, poor guy. It sometimes DOES just happen...We have some poopy underwear thrown out on the side of the road somewhere between the HEB camp and here. It too was a gross and stinky story. Beck was really only concerned with who would get his transformer underwear...I assured him NO ONE would dare go near those. Ben told him maybe a racoon would...I highly doubt it. :-)

Julie said...

Poor Coop! Way to handle it, though, Mom. And what a great attitude you both had! Kudos to you!