Saturday, February 20, 2010

Fancy Pants

The other day Big Kid told me that there were some boys who were being mean to him. "You think you're so fancy but you're not," he sneered in an imitation of them.

"They call you...fancy?" Oh no, I thought, my mind racing. In first grade? Isn't that a weird adjective for first graders to use?

"They're all, you wish you were a fancy pants but you're blahblahblah" as he went on I tried to figure out what was going on here. Is this what happens when your first grader takes violin lessons and you don't send him to school in light-up shoes and shirts with Spongebob screenprinted across the front? Is this my fault?

"Well, they sound kind of mean. What do you say back to them? Have you mentioned it to your teacher?"

"I say 'I don't eben wanna be in your stoopid Fancy Pants club!' But I really do."

"Wait, aren't they the ones calling you Fancy Pants?"

"No, they are the Fancy Pants! And won't let me be one!"

"...they call themselves the 'Fancy Pants Club'? They are the Fancy Pants and you cannot call yourself a Fancy Pants? This is the problem?"

"Yes!!"

Snorting back laughter, "You do not want to be in their Fancy Pants club. Trust me, years from now you are going to see the humor in this and will be glad you weren't in their club."

"I don't feel like it now." He looked sad.

"Big Kid...a boy's club called the 'Fancy Pants'? What kind of name is that? It sounds like a club for grandmas!"

"It is kind of weird..." he agreed.

I'm sure I've created a situation where Big Kid will now point out how much their club name sucks, but I couldn't let the irony of a group of first grade bullies calling themselves the "Fancy Pants" go unnoticed.

14 comments:

miss. chief said...

Here I am imagining all these kids wearing tuxedo pants or something...I wonder where the name came from.

Jesse said...

Poor big kid! But that is just too funny.

Jennifer said...

That is hilarious. I can't imagine any situation where a little boy would want to be called "fancy pants."

Duel Living said...

Oh my lord!! I'm rolling here. A bunch of first grade Dandies! I love this. Big Kid is too cool to be Fancy!

Anonymous said...

Haha, can you please ask bk what qualifies someone as a fancy pants? I would love to know.

Heidi said...

Thanks for the laugh today! I love it!

Cindy said...

I kept picturing Johnny Weir.

Jeanette said...

All I keep picturing is those Fancy Nancy books and it just keeps getting funnier and funnier. Big Kid is definitely better off!

Paige said...

wow---seems a little early for THAT kind of club, huh?

your kid is a trip

Doodles said...

That is to cute.. 1st graders can be mean. My big girl has some emmanies as she calls them which makes her want to go to another school. But now her enemies are sort of her friends cause the sorted it all out. LOL

Claire said...

All I keep hearing is, "This is your one chance, Fancy don't let me down!" by Reba. Weird. Kids are definitely weird.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the laugh! Save Big Kid from the fancy pants quick! Our dd was told in Kindy that she had no "fashion sense"...hmm, did someone hear that from their shallow mom? It was prob because she has never attended school in character shirts, walmart sweat pants or light up sneakers. Guess I set her up for it with my dislike of those.

elaines630 said...

Oh my goodness. I love the words Fancy Pants and I say them quite often, but I wonder where they got the name from! Too funny! I'm glad Big Kid could start to see how that was really silly!

sarah said...

I find it really funny that an entire group of boys agreed to publicly call themselves "fancy pants".