Lately, I find that my left palm is often marked up with one or two word notes to remind me of something the kids have said that I want to remember (usually so I can write about it here). You’d think, as a writer, that I would always have paper on hand, but I don’t. I do, however, usually have no less than 5 or 6 pens in my purse. Go figure.
Here are a few gems from the last couple of weeks…
The night of the Science Showcase at school…
Boy: A boy from my class was at school tonight and said he was contagious but got to come to school anyway. He said he was contagious at school today, too.
Me: That doesn’t sound good. Do you know what he’s contagious with?
Boy: I don’t know, but I hope it’s not diphtheria.
On the way home from school on Thursday…
Girl: My friend C from my class fell asleep at her desk this morning and had to go to the nurse’s office. She had a fever.
Me: Hmm, I wonder if she has the flu.
Girl: Maybe it’s the sleeping flu.
(Parents, just a suggestion: STOP sending your kids to school when they have a fever or are otherwise contagious! Pretty please…)
On the way home from school Friday…
Girl: Today was L’s last day of school because his family is moving to India.
Me: Really? Wow, that’s a long way to move.
Girl: And he’s going to send me a letter with his address so that we can, you know, visit them.
Me: Um, honey, you do realize that India is on a whole other continent, halfway around the world, right? Are you sure it was India?
Girl: Oh. Maybe it’s Indiana.
They do entertain me.