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Is School Out Yet?

Friday was not a good day for my self-esteem.  As the day began a first or second grade girl I did not recognize ran up to me, “Ms. A!  Ms. A!”  I stopped, expecting to hear some playground tattling or tale of woe.  Instead the sweet little darling informed me quite boldly, “When my mother’s hair turns that color, she dyes it!”

Later in class one of the girls looked at me and said, “Are you losing weight?  Your face looks thinner.”  I smile and thank her for noticing — while an unidentifiable male voice mutters from behind me, “Yeah, but it’s not her face that’s too fat.”

And last but not least, at the end of the day as the children were exiting the school grounds an encouraging young lady told me: “When the kids complain about how strict you are, I tell them  that just because you’re mean it doesn’t mean you aren’t nice.”

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. That is precious, Quilly. I guess the hair remark from a few days ago has spread all through the school. What a hoot!

    I remember how little girls of that age are. They would be thinking only good and helpful things about you with those remarks. As for the male voice with the wicked tongue……………………………well, you do have a cat. And if the cat has a slight vicious streak, you might get them together………..Judy

  2. I had days like that in the Ministry. Once a boy from the children’s choir looked at the wart IO had on my nose and asked if I was a witch. The next day I went to the Doctor and had it removed.

  3. Doug — what a wonderful suggestion! Thank you!

    Judy — and here I was thinking it was a coincidence! Maybve Jay and that lil darlin are related.

    Dr. John — removing the child might have cost less …. 😉

  4. Just remember “Out of the Mouth of Babes” someday they will be our age and we can laugh back.

    A wonderful day is wished for you.

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  5. Kids are like that. I’m with “The Old Fart”; just think that someday these itty bitty children will have itty bitty children of their own, who will say stuff like that to them. Hey, and school’s almost out, so soon you’ll be sending these lovely little people home to torture their parents for two months straight.

  6. Ah, the wonderfulness of having learned a vocabulary but not yet how to use it.

    In one of the last of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Holmes and Watson are introduced to one John Mason, a man “with the firm, austere expression which is only seen upon those who have to control horses or boys”.

    Wonder how he got that way …?

  7. Bill — yes, life is rather fair about passing out embarassment at the hands of children.

    Theresa — those parents this lovely child are going home to torture are the same ones who should be teaching when not to speak and what not to say. I wish them all a productive summer.

    That’s almost funny, OC. Before I became a teacher I had a much harder time controlling my facial expressions.

  8. ROFL! One day I had a class of middle school kids who were just kickin’ my butt! I was sO fed up with those kids! And finally I just LIT INTO them! I started writing referrals left and right! And one of them looked at a friend and said “UGH! Mrs. L is soooooooooo MEAN!” … and the friend looked at me and said – “But Mrs. L — you’re the NICEST mean sub we have!” LOL!

    I feel for ya Quilly! It’s ALMOST over!!! 😉

  9. Mumma — I hope you are safe and well. Cars are replacable.

    Melli — if they weren’t so funny we’d have to kill them.

    Lori — de nada.

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