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Letter of Apology

While changing shifts at the school Book Fair yesterday, I was told to be on the look-out for thieves. Our school ranges in grades K-8 now and the transition has been hard for some. The kids seem to be handling it fine, it's the parents that are a little out-of-sorts.
You see 8th graders seem to be taller these days. I feel fortunate that I'm 5'10 so I can at least look these kids in the eye. However not all parents have a height advantage and some relive the same inadequacies they felt back when they themselves were in 8th grade. (It comes creeping back to me sometimes too!)
Well, when I sat at the little table with the make-shift credit card machine and the money box I was told that there was an "incident" yesterday. Oohhh! It seems that a book was stolen, and recovered, and the culprit was brought to justice and even wrote a letter of apology. The letter was in the money box, (for safe keeping I guess. I have no idea why.)
While I was left alone at the Book Fair I decided to check out this apology letter. When I looked in the bottom of the money box I found a hand written note, but it had flowers drawn all over it. I kept looking for another note because this did not look like a remorseful letter to me. But nope. This was the one.
In big bubble letters (Bubble Letters!?!) was this child's confession. "I'm sorry I stole."
O.K.
You're sorry.
But the bubble letters throw me off. And the little flowers, and the stars in the corners confuse me too.
Do you think this child is truly remorseful? Or just warming up for Art Class?

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18 comments:

  1. Interesting... It seems as if the culprit was forced to write the letter..."I'm sorry I stole" does not seem very sincere. If I found out my child stole something...I would have her apologize face to face!

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  2. Interesting. I'm so curious how old the girl was....

    Hey, I was reading your comment over at Cheaper Than Therapy about "Puddle in Electronics" and followed your trail over here. I was just the same when I was about 8-9 years old- stomach-aches, anxiety, pretending to be sick to get out of having to go to school. My son is now 9 and he is having some of the same problems- it never ceases to amaze me how powerful one's thoughts are and what kind of effect they can have on your body.

    Anyway, interesting stuff and thanks for sharing! None of my friends share a similar childhood problem, so I was glad to see I wasn't the only one!

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  3. Depends on the child I guess, but if I were the parents of that child it would be a long, well writen, and professional letter, along with a face to face apology. I'm tagging you Ann btw http://sexdiariesofamom.blogspot.com/2008/10/ive-been-tagged_29.html
    Hope you're having a great day!

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  4. Yeah--that doesn't sound very remorseful to me! I would be scared senseless if something like that happened to me--and I don't think I would have decorated my apology note w/ flowers!

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  5. Bubble letter do not equal remorseful in my book. Unless she signed in blood at the bottom. I could buy it then.

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  6. No, bubble letters and the shortest sentence possible does not equal sorry! Aaaah - this brings back memories from when I taught middle school English at a school that went from k - 8th grade.

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  7. It's so hard - you hate to be judgemental and it would be hard to say nope this apology isn't good enough if you were the person that received it..... I agree it would have been nicer to see a letter - a real letter but I think if I asked one of my girls to give me a written apology I wouldn't turn it away...... although on the other hand if the person asked for a "letter" that is not a letter and in that case..... tough one like I said!!

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  8. Maybe it WAS the project for art class! Yeesh.

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  9. Sounds notsomuch like an apology to me!

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  10. She sounds like a bad seed. With an artistic flare. ;)

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  11. Bubble letters, stars and flowers? Sounds like one trippy apology letter! What book did the kid steal? "How to Grow Your Own: Five Easy Steps That'll Throw Off Your Parents"?
    Hee hee. ;)

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  12. First of all, I'm jealous of your 5'10" frame. I'm a lousy 5"8.5. Oh I would kill for that extra inch and a half. Second, maybe the bubble letters signify that the child if full of remorse? I don't know. Maybe they stole an art book?

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  13. OK, first I'm barely 5 feet so I'd probably hand over my purse too.

    The note was written either by a pushover mom that wrote it for her kid or a preteen girl. Didn't you write little hearts over your i's and shit like that when you were a kid?

    (I'ze kidding about handing over my purse...I wear a fannie pack.)

    (No, but really, even though I'm probably shorter than the 5th graders I have no problem at all flashin around my elder authority. Maybe I have a Napoleon complex.)

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  14. Bubble letters? Not acceptable. That doesn't sound like she was the least bit sorry...the flowers really send it over the top. I'm with Caroline, face to face apology is the only way to go. My Miss G had some "issues" for a while when we went into stores. Didn't matter where we were when we discovered it, we would turn the car around, drive back and make her hand the stolen item back and apologize. People gave me dirty looks because she was crying, and she is adorable so they felt sorry for her, but she stopped doing it!!

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  15. It is obvious that the girl was told to write an apology letter. It just goes to show that the parents are not doing their job raising the girl. She got caught this time, but I don't think she will stop her little five finger discount any time soon. So sad.

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  16. Did the kid even write it or was it a parent!?!?

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  17. this is quite interesting. makes one really wonder what his/her purpose was. the flowers indeed is a throw-off. i cannot imagine a child doing it.

    -ashliana-

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  18. I agree with you guys,that child is remorseful.

    ~Ashley~

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