Tuesday, August 22, 2006

I just can't help myself!

I am working at "Afternoon's At Augustine", I spend a couple of hours with a bunch of kids each day and get paid to do it..it's great! I keep being amazed at the crazy things that they say and do...and think that they can get away with. I have been trying to remember if when I was eight I thought adults were deaf and stupid because the kids act like I am both. I can't tell you how many times just today that I caught a child goofing off during homework time, asked them if they had finished their homework, gotten an affirmative answer, then when I ask them to see it- all of their work suddenly becomes undone and they have to finish that last math page. It's like magic!

Here are some funny things the kids at school have said and done:

(context: Out on the playgroud)
I am sitting watching them play when one of the third grade boys comes and stands next to me and says, "I just can't help myself!" I said, "What do you mean?" He replied, "I just keep pickin up rocks and throwing them and pickin up sticks and hittin them at people!" I said, "maybe you should sit out for a while." He answered, "yah, I think I do!"

(context: Beth's office)
Beth and I walk into her office to find her five year old son in front of about eight orange plastic safety cones all placed randomly (or so we first thought) beside her desk. Also, a sprite can with apparent scissor laserations was sitting on the edge of the desk. 'A crime scene', I thought. When he noticed our arrival he announced to us with his hands over the cones and a firm expression on his face, "There is wet!" I had to leave the room so I wouldn't laugh out loud as Beth began her questioning.

(context: a moment of chaos)
On a whim and for lack of better entertainment for a group of stir crazy kids, I handed out one crayon and a piece of paper to each child and told them to think of things that are the color of the crayon I gave them and draw those things. One little boy got purple...I didn't notice until later but he drew the one eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater!

(context: an inclassroom discussion around some serious coloring)
Second grader: "Miss Heidi, how is Mrs. Cullum's baby going to get out of her?"
Another second grader: "Out through her shoulder, duh!"
I decided to let their parents deal with that one...

More to come!!!


  1. This is really funny. My kids in my Sunday School class are like this. I have to hide my laughter all the time.

    By the way, I referenced your other blog on my newest blog, if that's okay.(www.ourhopesdeferred.blogspot.com)

  2. Kids say so many funny things don't they!!

    That is fine about my blog...:)

  3. Good stuff, Heidi. You are my unbiased eyes into the world that is Afternoons. I can just see Chris now hacking that Sprite can with safety scissors.