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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25680 on: February 27, 2014, 09:38:09 AM »
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Sounds like our idiot neighbors (2 different houses) that always wanted me punished for stopping their bully sons from beating up kids younger than them. The fact the victims and I were female meant we had no right to stop them.

Huh?

Because you're a woman you need to let men beat you up?

That's a horrendous mindset, going beyond Special Snowflake and into simply "evil."

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Ever heard the phrase "boys will be boys?"  That's exactly what it means.  Boys/men can do whatever they please, because that's what being a boy/man is about.   ::)   And girls just need to learn to accept that, even if they ARE hobbling into the house crying and bleeding from scraped knees and hands because they've pushed her down.

Boys will be boys and bullies will be bullies.  One of my neighbours locked me in his parents' garage for 3 hours.  I am now claustrophobic.  He has permanently scarred me.  He was 7 and I was 8. As a consequence, DH and I are very careful to teach our son the importance of playing nicely and showing respect towards people. Being bigger/more powerful does not mean one can get away with bullying. Ugh.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25681 on: February 27, 2014, 09:38:50 AM »
Lordy, reminds me of when, in middle school I had these ugly as sin gray snow boots and my shop teacher told me that he saw me walking to school one morning and thought that those boots were probably the only thing that kept me from blowing away.

My brother, for the longest time was dubbed "Little Running Two Sticks" because he was so slight.  Part of it was cause the child was so active that he just didn't want to sit down long enough to eat more than a few bites.

That changed when he was 11 and started eating more but even now at 27 he's still a slender guy, and not terribly tall either.  We both inherited our mother's height (or lack thereof) genes. 
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25682 on: February 27, 2014, 11:59:50 AM »
A good one and a bad one.

SS student - around the middle of the 9 week grading period I give students an in depth look at their current grades and how they can bring them up (if needed).  Every child gets a progress slip from me aside from the school issued progress report that has to be signed and returned to me as a grade.  If I have any students that are failing I also call home to speak to a parent.

This particular SS child is an SS because of the parent.  Child huffs and puffs during the conference, parent huffs during the conversation, and as I was speaking to her reassures the child that she doesn't have to worry about it because my class is stupid anyway. 

I teach reading intervention.  As someone who is dyslexic myself I have a bag full of helpful strategies that will make a difference. Telling your 12 year old that learning to read better is stupid is why she is reading on a 3rd grade level now.   :(

Good SS - another little girl who was not doing so well has bugged the stuffing out of me for help.  The SS part is her insistence that every moment of my time should be spent helping her. The good part is that she continues to work on her own and is making remarkable progress.

I am really, really glad that I went back to middle school this year.  The kids are much better listeners than high school kids.  ;D

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25683 on: February 27, 2014, 12:07:13 PM »
When DD was born, I wanted to keep the cute little dress that Favorite Aunt (FA) gave me for a "special occasion".  When "special occasion" finaly came around, DD didn't fit into the dress and I couldn't get a picture of her to give to FA.  Lesson learned.  With DS, even going to the grocery store was an "occasion", so he got to wear all the gift clothes before he outgrew them.  I got strange looks when people realized that the baby was wearing a little shirt with attached bowtie and vest in the vegetable aisle. 

When giving clothes as a shower gift, I go for the larger sizes.  Eventualy the kid will grow into it.

I do too, and I try and figure how old they might be, during what season, and purchase accordingly. I sent a small baby gift to my  BFF growing up's nephew who just had a baby, and they thanked me for getting larger clothes, as at not quite 2 months, she's growing out of the smaller stuff already!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25684 on: February 27, 2014, 12:52:09 PM »
I was recently disowned because of something I did NOT write on Facebook.  ::)  My husband and I were invited to my friend's house for Thanksgiving Dinner.  Thanksgiving fell on the same weekend as a marathon I was running across the country, so on Thanksgiving Day I posted on Facebook wishing my friend and her family (who I consider to be own) a very happy Thanksgiving and said that if we were in town we'd totally be there.  Fast-forward to a couple weeks after we got back.  My husband and his mother had a falling out and aren't speaking, but he asked me to still visit and keep in touch with her.  So I dropped by for coffee one day and she FLIPPED OUT on me - one point she made was that I had posted on Facebook wishing my "honourary family" a happy Thanksgiving and saying that I would have been at their house and made no mention of my in-laws.  She kicked me out of her house and told me to "never come back."  Okay.

(There is actually a way longer story to this, I just thought that part about what I did *not* write on FB was funny.)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25685 on: February 27, 2014, 01:52:01 PM »
I've stopped buying bananas at the grocery store when I go because they never have any green ones.  Usually I prefer to get two bunches, one mostly yellow, the other green, because my li'l guy loves bananas and I know he won't want to wait till they ripen and being 2 he doesn't yet get that Green=not ripe.

I don't really want to have to make a special trip to the store on another day for bananas, and I shop on Fridays cause DH gets paid Thursday nights so changing the day of shopping wouldn't really work either.

I did find that Target has nice green bananas on Fridays so I might have to make a trip there and figure out other things to get so I'm not just going for bananas.

If you need bananas to ripen faster, put them in a paper bag with an apple - it doesn't matter what kind of apple. They'll be ripe before you know it!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25686 on: February 27, 2014, 03:23:04 PM »
SS store: there's a store near me that sells an item that I love.  Except they seem to have some issues keeping it in stock. I don't know if it's simply that they don't order enough and people buy it out (it's a popular item) - or if they have it in the back and stockers don't keep up with refilling it on the shelf, or if the warehouse doesn't send them enough in a regular, timely manner... but every now and then they go for weeks without having any on the shelf when I go to do my weekly grocery shopping.

I'm not sure what the item is. But here's the problems our store has with keeping things in stock:
- We have warehouse shelves in the store room (plus a dairy room and a frozen food room). They're packed to the gills, but only with a couple boxes of each product. There isn't enough space to keep a full supply of every produt.
- Some products (like Nabisco cookies) are vendor products. Our store doesn't keep vendor products in the store room. If we run out of Nabisco cookies, well, we're out until the Nabisco rep comes back next week to stock his shelf.
- Our products go through some sort of weird inventory system. A truck will dump off, say, a couple cases of candles with us. But until the candles are scanned into inventory, it gets listed as "not in stock" on the store computers. 
- Stockers don't have a say in what needs to be put out. Trust me, they're not going "Yeah, I don't feel like putting out more laundry detergent today."

I remember reading an author's blog once.  She lived somewhere, maybe down in Florida but on an island or something, where you couldn't exactly go to the grocery store frequently.  So every few weeks, she'd take a boat to the mainland and get enough supplies for the next few weeks.  There was this little tiny grocery store, and she would buy them out of a particular product, I think seltzer water or something like that.   She'd always buy all of the product on the shelf, because she was addicted and she only went every few weeks so it had to last.  At one point she noticed that they started buying more of it, like a lot more.  So I think sometimes she didn't buy all of it anymore.  She always wondered if she was throwing off their inventory, by buying huge amounts (so that it triggered a "buy more of this!" in the inventory management program) and then not buying any for a few weeks.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25687 on: February 27, 2014, 04:26:09 PM »
MommyPenguin wrote:

"She always wondered if she was throwing off their inventory, by buying huge amounts (so that it triggered a "buy more of this!" in the inventory management program) and then not buying any for a few weeks."

She was triggering an inventory control program, but that's not a bad thing given how she shopped, and unless it was an item that spoiled quickly on the shelf having them buy a bunch to offset the demand she created is not a problem.  To tie it back to the thread, I don't think she was doing anything SSish to buy like this, and she shouldn't change her shopping habits just because of inventory software.  The software will adapt to her habits quite nicely, as it's designed to recognize stuff like this.  In fact, she'd be doing them a favor to pick a behavior and stick to it so the software can lock down the pattern.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25688 on: February 27, 2014, 05:08:39 PM »
Ar thread in the 'family and children' section reminded me of this story.

We moved to a new city when I was about 5 and my mother wanted to be friends with the mother of a female child about the same age who lived in our neighborhood.  I knew the girl from school and did not like her at all.  I am male, and at that time had a fairly neat room, because I really do like everything in its place.

Mom invited the girl to our house to play...

The girl went through my dresser drawers and threw all my clothing onto the floor, tossed a bunch of my things around, broke some of them and then demanded that I give her others.  I couldn't stop her from doing any of this - asking her not to didn't work and I knew that I wasn't supposed to touch or hit her - all I could do was refuse to give her the things she demanded.

So then she went out, told my mom I was being a bad host and went home.

Mom was already angry about my being a poor host, so when she came in and saw the state of my room she got even angrier - how dare I make a mess and break my stuff and then lie about "perfect neighbor girl" being the one to do so. 

From then on, mom thought of me as a messy liar.  The only good thing about it was she felt so embarrassed at how horrible I was that she never invited 'perfect neighbor girl" over to the house again.

The special snowflakiest part?  Perfect neighbor girl couldn't understand why I was not interested in her when we got into Junior High and High School. 




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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25689 on: February 27, 2014, 06:31:17 PM »
Ar thread in the 'family and children' section reminded me of this story.

We moved to a new city when I was about 5 and my mother wanted to be friends with the mother of a female child about the same age who lived in our neighborhood.  I knew the girl from school and did not like her at all.  I am male, and at that time had a fairly neat room, because I really do like everything in its place.

Mom invited the girl to our house to play...

The girl went through my dresser drawers and threw all my clothing onto the floor, tossed a bunch of my things around, broke some of them and then demanded that I give her others.  I couldn't stop her from doing any of this - asking her not to didn't work and I knew that I wasn't supposed to touch or hit her - all I could do was refuse to give her the things she demanded.

So then she went out, told my mom I was being a bad host and went home.

Mom was already angry about my being a poor host, so when she came in and saw the state of my room she got even angrier - how dare I make a mess and break my stuff and then lie about "perfect neighbor girl" being the one to do so. 

From then on, mom thought of me as a messy liar.  The only good thing about it was she felt so embarrassed at how horrible I was that she never invited 'perfect neighbor girl" over to the house again.

The special snowflakiest part?  Perfect neighbor girl couldn't understand why I was not interested in her when we got into Junior High and High School.
So for years and years, before AND after Perfect's visit, the condition of your room wasn't evident?  Did your mother think that you did all that all the time, and just stuffed everything under the bed before she came in?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25690 on: February 27, 2014, 06:38:20 PM »

I once gave some diapers that were the next size up from newborn and a small outfit to a mother-to-be whose husband worked with me.  She told me my gift was a "dumb idea."    Later, her husband thanked me  and told me that the diapers came in very handy, as they discovered late at night that Junior no longer fit into the diapers he'd fit into that morning.

I tend to go for the larger size stuff for baby showers myself.  Those cute little newborn things are not going to fit all that long.

I once gave someone two teeny, teeny outfits as a baby present. She told me when she came back from maternity leave that those were the only little bitty outfits she had--everyone else gave her bigger sizes. And she'd focused only on sleepers, etc., for the smallest size.

Ever since, I give at least one teeny, tiny outfit as a baby present.

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« Reply #25691 on: February 27, 2014, 06:53:36 PM »

I once gave some diapers that were the next size up from newborn and a small outfit to a mother-to-be whose husband worked with me.  She told me my gift was a "dumb idea."    Later, her husband thanked me  and told me that the diapers came in very handy, as they discovered late at night that Junior no longer fit into the diapers he'd fit into that morning.

I tend to go for the larger size stuff for baby showers myself.  Those cute little newborn things are not going to fit all that long.

I once gave someone two teeny, teeny outfits as a baby present. She told me when she came back from maternity leave that those were the only little bitty outfits she had--everyone else gave her bigger sizes. And she'd focused only on sleepers, etc., for the smallest size.

Ever since, I give at least one teeny, tiny outfit as a baby present.

We had the same problem. My babies run small. I have a 7 week old who is still in newborn clothes and the 0-3 month stuff is really too big on her. But we only have a handful of clothes in newborn size, so I am doing laundry all the time. She has dozens of outfits in each of the larger sizes up to 12 months.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25692 on: February 27, 2014, 07:11:06 PM »

When giving clothes as a shower gift, I go for the larger sizes.  Eventualy the kid will grow into it.

Everyone does. I got no really small things when my daughter was born.

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« Reply #25693 on: February 27, 2014, 07:28:34 PM »

When giving clothes as a shower gift, I go for the larger sizes.  Eventualy the kid will grow into it.

Everyone does. I got no really small things when my daughter was born.
I did, for DD2. My sister lovingly hand-knitted a cute little bunting, with cable stitching down the sides, and a me-too sweater for DD1.  DD2 wore it for maybe a total of an hour.  Two wearings, both resulting in diaper blowouts, and by the time it was washed and dried the second time, the baby was too big for it.
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« Reply #25694 on: February 27, 2014, 08:15:28 PM »

When giving clothes as a shower gift, I go for the larger sizes.  Eventualy the kid will grow into it.

Everyone does. I got no really small things when my daughter was born.

When Nephew2 was born, he was almost 11 pounds, and didn't even fit into the clothes saved from his almost 10 pound brother.  He topped out at 6'5".