The phone rang. Caller ID says it was Prima Donna Daughter’s school calling. Oh boy – what now? I answer and this familiar, but atypically meek little voice says, “Mom, it’s me. I’m in Ms. Holland’s office at school. I was holding my scissors in my hand in class and accidentally cut off my eyebrow. Will you come and get me?”
“You what??!!?? How do you cut off an eyebrow??!!?? Are you ok? And no, I can’t come get you – I have an appointment this afternoon and there won’t be anybody to stay with you.”
“I can stay in my room, Mom. I have my book on my face because I don’t want anybody to see. Pleeeeeeease come get me,” says PDD
“No, I’m not coming to get you. If you cut off your eyebrow, it’s not going to grow back in a day, and you have to go to school tomorrow, so there’s no point. How ’bout I bring an eyebrow pencil down to the school and draw it back on for you?” says the ingenious, ready-for-anything mother that I am.
“Ok! Can you come right now?” asks a relieved PDD.
“Be there in a minute,” says me.
So I get my eyebrow pencil, take it to the school and expect to find an eyebrow-less Muppet version of my daughter waiting for me in Ms. Holland’s office. What I find, instead, is what looks like a pluck job gone bad. Both eyebrows had bald spots.
As I fill in PDD’s eyebrows, Ms. Holland and I discuss how it is one cuts off one’s eyebrows ‘by accident’, both of us doing our level best to remain matter-of-fact and not bust out laughing. This is, after all, a sensitive issue for a prepubescent girl of almost 9. We look at each other with our own unscalped eyebrows knit together in amazement.
Upon finishing, PDD asks for a mirror to check my work, proclaims it satisfactory and bounces up out of the chair ready to go back to class. Problem solved, crisis averted, Mom banks brownie points for saving the day.
In all my 20+ years of motherhood, this one takes the prize for most bizarre phone call from a school.
LMAO! Thanks for that Suzanne! I needed a good laugh today. That reminds me of when my daughter shaved a strip of her hair right in the middle of her forehead. Fortunately for her she wasn’t at school at that time. 😀
Ha! Now *that’s* hilarious!
That’s hilarious. Although in my own lifetime I had a pen blow up in my face when I was around 11. This was before cell phones, so I just went the whole day with it on.
I don’t envy what you are going to deal with when she gets to high school.
eyebrow-less Muppet ….HAHAHAHHA Get the band-aids ready the legs are next!
Wow that must have been a stunner! Reminds me of the time a 5-year-old girl (daughter of a friend) braided the bushy eyebrows of another (male) friend of ours. I tell you, he had the patience of a saint!!
It was actually very interesting look. . . but maybe you won’t want to share this story with YOUR daughter, given the latest episode, LOL.
P.S. The eyebrow-braid can actually be done! It requires bushy eyebrows though. Your daughter’s will need to grow out considerably. . .
What a great story. I imagine she probably doesn’t see the humor in it now though…
I bet it was hard to hold it together.
ROFL! Cute & tragic at the same time.
Kelli – we’ve already had her cutting hunks out of her hair. Fortunately, she’s got enough hair for 5 people, so it wasn’t really noticeable. lol
Maggie – I am STILL laughing…
Joe – Don’t think I’m not dreading it already! lol
Tracy – I think the *BRA* thing is going to be first…God help us all. lol
Nancy – I saw a guy at the convenience store the other day with both his hair and his BEARD in braids…complete with beads! Interesting…lol
Bonnie – I’m STILL drawing them in for her each morning…and trust me, even if I forget – she doesn’t!