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I always tell people I have the most entertaining job. I start by telling them about the time that my sister and I were text messaging back and forth throughout the day.
Me: “How’s your day going?”
Sister: “Oh, it’s fine. I just sat through a lot of meetings. And then I have two more this afternoon. How’s yours?”
Me: “Oh, it’s great. John just stuck some paper towels in the urinal and then slapped the wet wad into Elijah’s face when he walked into the bathroom.”
My day is never boring. At the end of the day, there is always a story to tell.
Sometimes I wish I had a camera following me around all day so I can document every little thing my kiddos say. But I’m pretty sure nobody’s going to do a reality TV show in an elementary school anytime soon. That’s probably all sorts of illegal. So, instead, I try to take a snapshot of the things that make me giggle. And the other things that don’t (or legally can’t) make it on camera, I jot down in my journal. In hopes that I remember the things they say and the things they write.
Because kids say the darndest things. But they also write the darndest things.
Like that time when one of my students had to write the word “hauling” in a sentence.
I explained to her that “hauling” meant moving something from one place to another. She wrote: “I’m hauling my dad a beer.” (Lucky dad!)
Then there was the time we were learning similes.
My favorite is: “Nintendogs are as cute as a dog holding a puppy holding a little kitty.” Or “as smart as a computer eating microchips.” Or “as cool as a gangster wearing blue shades.”
They’re all pretty great. I just feel like their writing lets me jump inside their brains and gives me an opportunity to explore who they are a bit more.
They say the darndest things.
And that’s part of what makes this job so fun.
Questions of the Day:
- What funny things have your kids (or students) said lately?