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Growed-Ups Is Weird

Lunch was over. We were walking back toward the classroom. Kelly was holding my hand. “Whad’s negst?” He asked. “Naptime? I no wants to sleeps.”

I said, “Yep. Naptime. And today I just might take a nap, too.”

Kelly laughed. “You no can nap. You bigs.”

“I can’t nap?” I queried.

Kelly said, “No, silly. Only boys and girls.”

“Why only boys and girls?” I demanded. “Why can’t I nap?”

Kelly stopped and looked up at me with the incredulous disgust only a five year old can muster and demanded, “Why you wants to?” Then he walked off shaking his head.

Later, as the kids spread their blankets and pillows on the floor Kelly looked over at Cass and said, “Jou know somethin’? Growed-ups is weird!”

Cass continued to arrange her stuffed kittens just so and didn’t even look at him. She just nodded her head and said, “Uh-huh! Yeps, I knowed.”

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. I love your sharing of these priceless stories. Children make every day events seem so much more fascinating. Guess the newness hasn’t worn off for them. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and OC and all your special classmates πŸ™‚

  2. Now I remember why I was always able to write looooooooong elaborate letters to Amanda when she was in the army! I had two 6’s, and an 8 at home!!!

  3. Brian — I’m just home from work and thinking a nap sounds mighty fine.

    Pauline — I do love looking at things from their eye-level. It gives the world a whole different spin.

    Melli — and they napped? It seems to me that two sixes and an eight would keep a body too busy to write!

  4. Ahhhhhh… they DID do that — and no… NO naps! But PLENTY of what would now be called “blog fodder”… LOTS to write about!!!

  5. Melli — I must confess I knew what you meant, I was just being … me.

    Donna — I almost took one with them today. I stretched out behind Chez to pat his back and calm him down after a dispute over whether or not (not) new shoes were to be worn to bed. (Because he was holding them up in the air to admire them and encouraging general mayhem during quiet time.) I did the pat, pat, pat thing on his back until my eyelids were drooping dangerously and he was still sobbing in heartbreak. He did finally manage to quiet and cuddle and sleep. Luckily I didn’t!

  6. I love the pat, pat, pat thing! Great!

    I didn’t leave you a happy v-day comment because I actually read your blog instead of rushing through and just saying happy v-day like I did to most everyone else, but I’m back to tell you “Happy Valentines Day!!!!” because I really do hope you and O Ceallaigh had a great day! πŸ™‚

  7. afternoon nap? haven’t done it in ages!
    oh, and i don’t think grown-ups being weird is anything new under the sun

  8. You didn’t say if you took your nap, I guess during the naps you tend to the school work, or do you catch up on your blogs?


    Happy Belated Valentines to you and OC

  9. Bill — no blogging at school. I rarely check my private email, either. We have plenty to do — records, etc. — during nap time.

    Damyantig — then you should like it here, I talk about my students often. Come back again!

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