11 October 2008

Lions and Tigers and Bats, Oh My!

The letter that came home from school yesterday was so much better than the head lice letter last month, so much better that I feel compelled to share a redacted copy of the letter with you.

I think, on close reading of this letter, that the principal has a sense of humor.

"...we hired a trapper to catch and sacrifice the bat...unfortunately, the bat escaped."

The last line is also divine:

"I feel the need to communicate with you, however, and thus I am notifying you."

On the other hand, maybe I have a warped sense of humor and no chiroptophobia, and the principal has too much time on his hands?

18 comments:

S. said...

Oh my! There's a whole comedy routine lurking between the lines!

There was a bat hanging from the fence in front of A.'s school all day yesterday, too. Something about the season? The bats get trapped outside during the day?

Sober Briquette said...

What is with the rabies scares? Seriously? I have not actually heard of any rabies cases, but everywhere there is a possibility of contact with animals, even farm animals, there are signs. God help us, a bat! Outside!

Those without bat phobias are most definitely in the minority.

andi said...

Hi!

That letter cracked me up. I can't believe there was a bat inside! Eww!

I liked that the bat was acting in a "healthy fashion". What does that mean exactly? Was it muscular and blinged out?

the sandwich life said...

that's marvelous....I'll opt for the principal having a sense of humor!!

Kyddryn said...

Oh, my - how sad that it escaped and couldn't be killed for the sake of investigating its health.

How does a bat act in a healthy fashion? Does is drink a smoothie, gnaw some celery, eschew fatty meats and walk regularly? I have a mental picture of tiny little aerobics shoes and yoga pants, a room full of little bats "...and reach, and stretch, and one, two, three..."

I, too, vote for humor. Perhaps he has a bit more time than he'd like, but I think he may also have found it funny and wanted to share the wealth.

Shade and Sweetwater,
K

Awesome Mom said...

Lol poor bat, just trying to get some sleep and then it gets hassled.

Julia said...

love it! thanks for the chuckle.

Maggie May said...

maybe this is why Lola brought home 'Bats' for her reading material on Friday. we learned that bats are preeeety nifty if you look past their little beady eyes and piercy claws.

noble pig said...

I've gotten this letter before too, the bat had rabies, it was a big deal. Crazy.

Kyla said...

Oh, that is rich!

Mayberry said...

I love the references to the "trapper." I'm picturing a coonskin cap.

Fabulous bat book, btw: Bats at the Beach (Brian Lies).

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

If the principal didn't say anything, there'd be a lynch mob out for his/her neck.

I love the word "redacted." It reminds of The Office, which always makes me smile.

K said...

Any explanation as to why it was only hanging out at the slide...as opposed to the monkey bars? Honestly, if it were really living a healthy bat lifestyle, wouldn't it be doing a few pull-ups on the monkey bars?

And I'll take a bat over head lice, any day!

cactus petunia said...

Oh. My. God. Are they SURE no one TOUCHED the bat? They hired a mercenary to SACRIFICE the bat, even though no one touched it? I say they should get the US Armed forces to hunt down that bat and sacrifice it in the cave it must be hiding in...maybe it flew to IRAN!

julochka said...

well, it is almost halloween, of course there are bats hanging around. i like best that the bat was "acting in a healthy fashion." was he trying to say they were worried it might have rabies? only in the litigious US would such a letter be sent out. :-)

Maggie, Dammit said...

AWE.SOME.

painted maypole said...

MQ would have loved it - they've been learning all about nocturnal animals in class! :)

phd in yogurtry said...

Oh geeze. We live in batsville. Just shoo the little critter on her way and be done with it!