Saturday, September 13, 2008

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Part III

It's that time of year again. The leaves are changing, kids are back in school, Christmas stuff is up at major department stores, and my self-esteem is getting a good swift kick in the...well, you know.

These are comments heard over these last two weeks of school...

"Mrs. Parker, you're Chinese right?"

to which another student replied, "That's an insult to the Chinese." (He later explained he wasn't trying to be mean, it's just you can't go around assuming everyone is Chinese. Little pearls of wisdom.)

"Aren't you afraid your baby is going to be ugly?"

"Why do we always read books and write in this class?" (I know it IS shocking to participate in those activities in an English class.)

"Mrs. Parker, can I decorate your room next year?"

"Mrs. Parker, do you still own that ugly car?"

"I think Mrs. Parker is an introvert b/c she doesn't really like hanging out with people."

and my favorite, albeit not funny, phrase that I will never tire of hearing out of a high schooler's mouth:

"Do I have to do this assignment?"

Oh you?!! Nope, I'm sorry I wasn't thinking about you when I assigned this, just the rest of your classmates. My apologies, your Highness.

4 comments:

Sara Luke said...

Oooo . . . I was really afraid Jack would be ugly. If someone had asked me that, I probably would have cried.

Jeanette said...

I almost did.

Jennifer said...

Can I come and be your body gaurd!? I'm disappointed in their parents! :)

rachel said...

Ohhhh my word. I can't wait until next Saturday.
First of all - the comment about you being Chinese?! Wha? I am still laughing about that one. I don't know about you, but I've met QUITE a few Chinese people with BLUE EYES and FRECKLES. I can see where they'd be confused.

Um, and anything that comes from you & Ben is bound to be adorable.

One more thing before I end world's longest blog comment: while I was teaching at Last Chance Academy, I also had a student ask me, "Ms. Parton - why do we read and write so much in this class?" And when I asked students what I could do to improve the class, one student wrote that we should watch more movies. Did I miss something in EDU 341????