Mortified is one word to describe Oklahoma mom Ladye Hobson’s reaction when her son’s principal called her earlier this week.
This hashtag describes her other reaction: #Jesustakethewheel.
Gayla Goff, the principal of Gatewood Elementary in Oklahoma City, called because Hobson’s son, 8-year-old Brylan, picked up a dead squirrel on the way to school and put it in his backpack.
“When asked by the principal what possessed him to pick up this dead squirrel and store it in his backpack, my son replies with, ‘I really wanted squirrel dumplings for dinner tonight’,” Hobson wrote in a Facebook post that has gone viral.
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Goff asked Hobson: Do you want the squirrel to come home with him?
“Y’all, I had to explain that we are from the country, but we’re not THAT country … #jesustakethewheel #lifewithboys #operationbackpacksanitationisunderway,” Hobson wrote.
The post — and a picture of said squirrel — has been shared more than 123,000 times and has received more than 187,000 times.
Hobson told Us Weekly that Brylan found the squirrel in the grass right before school started.
“So I guess he thought it would be a good idea for him to pick up and save it for dinner,” she said.
Goff asked Hobson if she could take a picture of the squirrel and send it to her because “it looks so peaceful lying there in his bag,” Hobson wrote on her website.
“I hate how right she is, because the poor little guy really is cute. And dead. And crawling with bugs. And in my son’s backpack.
“Oh, may I also point out that this is the $50 Pottery Barn backpack with his name embroidered that I splurged on just two months ago?”
Brylan fought off tears when he saw his mom after school.
“Mom, I’m so sorry. I don’t know what I was thinking,” he told her.
She gave him a “free pass” because the whole thing was so funny.
“I think after all of this the kid may darn well deserve some squirrel dumplings,” she wrote. “Although, someone else will have to cook them for him because THIS mama will never!”