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Jay: Ms. A., I don’t like your hair color. You should change it.

Me: Jay, I don’t like your nose. You should change it.

Whole Class: Ooooh!

Jay: That wasn’t very nice!

Me: Really?

Jay: I guess I wasn’t very nice, either, huh? Never mind. Your hair’s okay I guess. I mean, if you like it.

Me: And your nose is okay I guess — if you like it.

Whole Class: [giggles]

Jay [heavy sigh]: Can I just say I’m sorry and go sit down?

Me: That would probably be a really good idea.

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Way to lower yourself to their level Quill! I LOVE it! 😉

    Hey… I’m doing my part for all humanity by TAGGING you for this latest… thing… over at my blog! It’s NOT a meme! NO questions! (though I’m GONNA get you on ONE of those one day…) This one is for you to do… when you’re … bored! Yea… that’s it…. anyway… You’re IT!

  2. Mumma — that was my objectiv
    Melli — come closer so I can TAG you back (I have a baseball bat around here somewhere). I’ll do your tag over the weekend. Right now my life is a bit full what wioth the school year ending and me packing/selling/tossing 48 years worth of clutter to I can move across the Ocean.

  3. Pauline — well, being smarter then an eleven year old really isn’t too hard.

    Polona — sometimes even I wonder how I come up with this stuff so fast.

  4. Quilly…..I know how you do it. Apparently women who read a lot are more intelligent than those who do not. You write beautifully and you obviously read a lot. This little story illustrates my meaning.

    A fisherman pulled his row boat up onto the sand near his cottage. Even with no luck that day, he was exhausted and decided to have a nap before he put his equipment away. Shortly, thereafter, his wife saw the boat and thought how peaceful it would be to lay rocking gently, while reading her book.
    She rowed out many metres and put down the anchor, then settled in for a quiet read. Soon a Fish and Game Warden came along in his boat and asked what she was doing. “I’m reading.” she answered with a bit of disgust in her voice. “This is a fishing restricted area. You have all your gear in the boat. How do I know you aren’t going to fish as soon as I leave? I’m going to have to take you in and charge you.” “If you do that, I’m going to have to scream ‘sexual assault’.” “You can’t do that.”, the warden said. “Yes, I can. You have all the equipment and you might use it at any minute.”
    Never forget a woman who reads is also a woman who thinks……Judy

  5. Melli tagged me, too, so I thought that I’d go visit the OTHER interesting people! I have never been here before…I like your blog! I will add you to my Google Reader (if it will let me) and I’ll be back!! 🙂

  6. Judy — I do like that joke. Thanks for sharing it.

    Dr.John — I don’t know. I paid good money for it.

    Jennifer — welcome. Make yourself at home. You’ve met me during the “busy teacher” time of year, but I’ll try to get over to see you soon.

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