A UK dad learned his son had named his imaginary character for a not-so-appropriate word he heard on the playground.
Not gonna lie—I've been on the receiving end of a letter from one of my kids' teachers before. But I've never gotten one quite like the one UK dad Paul Hunt recently received—and then subsequently posted on Twitter.
"Although this is not a behaviour letter as such, I am writing to inform you of something that has come to our attention," the note began.
See, Paul's son and a few of his friends like to make up characters during classroom playtimes and then give them amusing names. "This in itself is an imaginative and creative pastime and causes no harm," the teacher explained. "However, it has come to our attention that one of the characters has the name 'Wildo the Dildo' and this has, I am sure you can understand, raised some concerns with us."
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BAHAHAHA. Wildo the Dildo! I actually think the moniker is kind of brilliant and would make an excellent name for a sex ed picture book for use in 6th grade health class. I can already see it, can't you
Of course, after further discussion, none of the kids copped to knowing what the word "dildo" even meant—deny it til the end, guys!—though they did admit to hearing it on the playground and understanding that it was somehow inappropriate. Guess it's a good thing nothing really rhymes with "vibrator" then.
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"We will be following this up further and dealing with accordingly," the teacher concluded the letter. "I hope you can appreciate the reason I am informing you of this matter and please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss it further."
I'd love to be a fly on the wall during THAT awkward conversation.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.