The Green HangerPosted: January 15, 2008
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!