A letter from my dad to a teacher during my school years. I think the appropriate emojis are 😂 and 🙈. "Life's hard enough" 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/CouOv26etw
— Seann Walsh (@seannwalsh) April 17, 2018
One of my favorite things to do when I go back home is to grab an old box from the recesses of my childhood closet and page through all the old papers. I've found a few gems — silly, intricately folded notes from classmates, report cards, and photos capturing every ounce of middle-school awkwardness. But I've yet to be so lucky as to find a facsimile sent from my dad to my teacher about a dress code violation and a confiscated sweater.
Seann Walsh, however, was so lucky. After discovering the now-18-year-old letter, he instantly shared it on Twitter.
In the note, Michael Walsh acknowledged that the school enforces uniforms but that because his grade-schooler had a cold, traveling "without his sweater was not too clever." He could have sent his son to class in an already-deemed-acceptable jacket, but it was stained and he couldn't figure out how to clean it, what with Seann's mom out of town. "Sean was too embarrassed at having a father who cannot use a washing machine to say this," he admitted.
The best part was Michael's bold conclusion: "Anyway, my point is: isn't this just a little bit petty? Life's hard enough."
As true now as it was a few decades ago!