Ali is, quite simply bonkers. I can say that quite comfortably because he gets it from me. At 13 people try to blame it on his age but he's always been bonkers and I've known him longer than anyone. We have the exact same sense of humour and we crack each other up. Together we are walking jukeboxes, champion face pullers and masters of impersonation. He is no angel but basically he is an all round Good Kid. Still, even good kids have their moments and lately Ali has been misbehaving at school. He is however nothing if not honest and when he does do something wrong he always owns up as soon as he gets home. Which is rather fortunate as it turns out because it meant at least I was slightly prepared when I was called in to meet with the school principal.
The principal of the boys' school is a very nice man and, as the indulgent dad of two teenage boys himself he knows just how they can be. Even so, as I took a seat in his office I could tell things were rather serious. 'Tell me' he said, waving a large object in front of me, 'Do you know what this is?' 'I have heard something about this, yes' I confessed. As mentioned, Ali is unfailingly honest but I was still a little taken aback at the sight before me. It's not every day you get to witness a school principal wielding a giant penis. Because that's what I had been dragged in there for. Unbeknown to me, my youngest son had a hidden creative side and together with a couple of sidekicks had constructed a really quite impressive three-dimensional structure using nothing but plain paper and masking tape. Had it been anything else - a flower, a cat, pretty much anything else - their efforts would no doubt have gained them recognition for an entirely different reason. However, the English teacher whose desk it was generously left upon was by no means a grateful recipient.
Now don't get me wrong, Ali was severely dealt with and make no mistake but I'm sorry, I really did find it quite amusing. Make that hilarious. And no matter how I tried to keep a stern face when Ali arrived home from school that afternoon, I took one look at him and he took one look at me and we both fell about laughing until our ribs hurt. 'Mum, I'm really sorry', Ali spluttered. 'I promise I'll behave in class from now on. But honestly - I don't think I'll forget the sight of my principal waving that thing around for as long as I live!' You and me both mate, you and me both...
TODAY I LEARNED: That it is possible to keep a straight face when absolutely necessary - but you can't hold it in forever!