12:47 am September 1, 2010, by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso
I was talking with a mom at school that I didn’t know all that well. We were talking about another mom that I didn’t know either and she was telling me about her. She said “Oh she’s a teacher and she’s just the nicest woman.” She paused and said in a low voice “Well as long as she hasn’t been drinking.”
She paused again. My mouth dropped open and I just looked at her. She finally started laughing and said I’m just kidding. I was in total shock and didn’t know what to think.
I’m pretty sure she was kidding but it’s a scary proposition to think that some ladies talking in a school yard could completely ruin a mom’s reputation at school. (And in turn hurt your kids!)
I decided that I had better stay on this lady’s good side so she doesn’t tell someone that “joke” about me.
So the question for today is: Has another mom (or dad) ever started a rumor about you or one of your friends at school? Did people take it seriously? How would you counteract it? Is this actually something moms should have to be dealing with and are dealing with?
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