This is one of those stories you couldn't make up if you tried.
About a week ago, I discovered we hadn't received Nathan's school photos. I frantically called around and managed to order them online. Then I began asking Nathan what had happened.
His response that he threw them away because everyone said he looked stupid and like a baby really had me worried. I was afraid he might be being bullied. I thought it explained the difficult week we'd had two weeks previous.
Now the mystery has only deepened. In tidying up for my cleaners tomorrow, I discovered Nathan's photo proofs. They were buried in a pile of papers.
I don't remember seeing them. Nathan usually empties his backpack under my supervision. It gives me plenty of opportunities to rescue important notices from amid the various crafts and pleas for money.
Did Nathan deliberately hide them? (Unlikely.) Was I distracted on the crucial day and failed to rescue them? (More possible.)
I'm not sure how to feel about his story about throwing them away. On the one hand, I had my doubts right from the beginning. I didn't want to disbelieve him but the facts I had didn't make sense. I thought he might have misinterpreted and I knew he had a penchant for making up stories which he thinks his audience wants to hear.
I really don't know what to think here. I don't think I made a horrible mistake. I did notify the school (with my caveats) and I will let them know about the found proofs. I'm bothered that he made up a story but it seems developmentally appropriate for his age (which is why small children make horrible witnesses at trial). Did I press too hard for answers?
I think I'll just have to chalk this one up to the learning board and keep going.