The Green Hanger

I wanted to write The Green Hornet as a headline. But, I didn’t. Mostly because I’m guessing most of you, my loyal readers, have no idea who The Green Hornet is. Yup, I’m old.

Anyway, today is Tuesday, which means it’s pre-school day for Aidan. I’m the one who drops him off, and our little routine is quite cool. We get there, we put his backpack down, hang up his coat, play with some toys for a minute and then I go.

Sounds pretty innocent, doesn’t it?

Well, apparently something in that paragraph is starting to cause quite a stir at the pre-school. Which part? I’m glad you asked.

The part about hanging up his coat.

Well, I’m not saying Aidan can’t hang up his coat or doesn’t want to or any of that, so don’t think it’s about that.

It’s about the hanger he uses. I kid you not.

There’s 14 kids in the class, so the coat rack has about 16 hangers, all multi-color. Two of them are green. And a hideous kind of lime green at that.

Well, as of about three weeks ago, Aidan was totally digging the lime green hanger. I’m not really sure why, but that’s the one we always hung his coat up on. Because we’re always one of the first to get there, he’s always got a pretty good shot of getting one of the two apparently coveted green hangers.

The issue came to light today as Aidan and myself were at the rack, along with a woman and her daughter, Clare. They are always in the early arriving group, too, and Clare also loves the green hanger.

As we were hanging up the coats, one of the teachers made a comment about how all the kids love those two hangers.

“Well, I’m glad we weren’t here third today,” I said jokingly.

“Oh, that happened to us last week,” Clare’s mom sighed. She wasn’t joking. Apparently it wasn’t easy when Clare didn’t get the green hanger.

That’s when the teacher told us about last year’s incident. I guess hanger-gate got pretty intense in one class last year — so much that parents asked that they either have all green hangers or that they take them out completely.

The teacher didn’t give in, telling the parents, “We’re not doing that. We are going to deal with this.”

Some of you probably agree with her. Some of you probably disagree with her. I can see both sides of it, but for the point of taking a side, I’m with her — 100 percent standing behind her on this.

As long as Aidan is one of the first two kids there every day!

13 Comments on “The Green Hanger”

  1. Molly says:

    I’m surprised she wants to leave it as is. I remember my days in the daycare and I would have made them all the same color so I wouldn’t have to deal with 25 minutes of “but I waaaaaant the green hanger!!!”


  2. Fritz says:

    Now see that is cool, i cant get nick to hang up his coat on any hanger!! maybe i should invest in a lime green one…the more hideous the better, we have just started taking five minutes off his bedtime every time its not hung up…that is if i win the battle in the morning of him actually wearing it!

  3. verybadcat says:

    I’m with the teacher. Life isn’t fair, and they may as well start to grasp that and learn to cope now. It will make things easier when the coveted green hanger is a promotion, a raise, or some other adult-type goody. πŸ˜‰

  4. Anna says:

    I agree with Molly. Why fight that battle, when there are other more important battles to be won. Like who gets the paste first!

  5. Sara says:

    Isn’t it funny the things kids get attached to? That being said, the OCD in me is cringing that all the hangers aren’t just white.

  6. JenBun says:

    The Green Hornet… who? (hahaha, just kidding, I am familiar!)

    Wow, how our priorities change… I wish I just cared about getting the green hanger!

  7. Stephanie says:

    That’s hysterical that the GREEN hanger is so popular! I think I’d do what the teacher did – let them learn to deal with not getting exactly what they want. But I don’t think that I’d be a very good preschool teacher, so what do I know.

    On another note, GO PATRIOTS!

  8. Chelle says:

    It’s not easy being green…

  9. Clink says:

    I’m impressed with her stance and I think it’s a good life lesson: you’re not always going to get what you want.

    Unless, of course, you’re Aidan and you have an awesome dad who gets you there early enough to get a green hanger every day.

  10. That is funny. I agree with the teacher too. Can’t always have you want, so get over it, pre-schoolers!

    And yeah, Green Hornet? What’s that?

  11. Odo says:

    Of COURSE I know who the Green Hornet is… and Kato, too! πŸ˜‰

  12. Each says:

    funny. kids are so funny.
    good job teacher! another life lesson taken care of.

  13. Kudos to the teacher! In my house it is “you get what you get” better to learn it now than later. You cannot always get what you want!

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