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So…is that a pro or a con? March 18, 2010

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My buddy Jake is six.  His sister has a sweet cat, Ireland, but Jake fancies himself a dog person and has been petitioning for one of his own for some time.  His mom, Sue, told him he had to do some research and get back to her…and shortly thereafter, she found this extensive list:

Wait, no…THAT’S more like it, yeah. March 2, 2010

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And yes, he got written up for blowing my cover. January 29, 2010

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Chandler, rushing my desk with Donovan right behind: “Ms. Art!  Are you a secret agent for the CIA?  Because Donovan said – ”

Self, interrupting: “YES.”

More sweet/sad than funny, I suppose. November 6, 2009

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Markoreyon (MARK-or-ree-un, for those playing along at home) is a mostly-sweet kid who nonetheless has a stubborn streak and tends to clash hard when he clashes.  Mostly he clashes with his classmates, not his teachers, though I’ve gotten in a few very regrettable, hard-to-avoid battles of will with him.

Today he seemed to have something on his mind.

He approached me as I was trying to start class – not a good time, but I was feeling lenient.  As he started to speak I took a second to tease a reluctant high-five out of him, which appeared to make him rethink what he was going to say.

Markoreyon, even mumblier than usual: “I was just going to ask – uh – are you a…nice art teacher?”

Self: “Well, I like to think so, but I think you’d know better than me.”

He acknowledged that yeah, I’m totally nice.  Score one for me.

So then the kiddos are painting away, and he comes over to me for another chat: “Ms. Art…I just wanted to say…that I’m sorry.”

Self, all *yikes what did you do* but trying not to jump to conclusions: “Oh?  For what?”

Markoreyon: “For all the bad things I did.  Not now, but, like, in my life. Before.”

There has scarcely been a better opportunity – ever – for a hug-it-out.

In which I decide I’d probably be an unfit parent, at least emotionally August 24, 2009

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I’m on hallway duty this morning when Brandon, a 3rd grader, comes and stands beside me, looking out across the hall as I am, hands in his pockets, clearly ready for a chat.

“Ms. Art,” he begins, “I need to ask for your advice.”

“Okay, shoot.”

“What should I do if I had a girlfriend, but then I broke up with her, but now she likes my friend who’s on my baseball team?”

Now this is tricky, because I don’t want to discount his feelings or make him feel stupid or like I’m not taking him seriously, BUT OH COME ON.  I have to NOT SAY, “Well, Brandon, you quit acting like having a girlfriend involves any kind of actual emotions at age 8, and also you quit asking people to be your girlfriend in the first place, and also you send this girlfriend to me so I can set her straight too, and send your friend from baseball while you’re at it,” and I have to not say all of this while trying really hard not to laugh, and instead I say, “Um – well, no matter what happens, it’s not that likely that someone you like when you’re eight is going to be your eventual wife, you know?  So it doesn’t matter so much who likes whom, does it, really?”

“IT DOES TO ME.”  Well, yeah.  Of course it does.

“Well, I mean, you say you broke up with her, right?  So I think that means she’s free to like anyone she wants.  Even if it’s a friend of yours.”  This is at least true before puberty, right?

Somehow the topic of conversation switches to roller coasters for awhile, not sure how that came about, but then…

“There she is, see, in the cafeteria line in the grey sweater?”

“Oh, Daijah?”

“Yeah.  That’s my girlfriend.  But I know she still likes me because she thinks I have another girlfriend now.”

Unclear on that, but, “Ah, yeah, she’s maybe a little jealous, huh?”

I think this is where I was suddenly going to manage to impart some kind of wisdom compatible with an eight-year-old’s concept of emotions and relationships and he was going to see the light and realize that he has such a limited time to just be a kid, and be free of all that, and why on earth would he want to grow up any faster than he’s already going to?  But no.  Here is instead where he took off down the hall, arms raised triumphantly.

“I win, then!  She’s jealous, haHA!  I win!”

I’ll get it next time.

That’s the spirit September 19, 2008

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Self: “Okay, so does anybody have any questions about what they’re supposed to do?”

Mekhi, a kindergartener, with a reverent sigh: “I can do anything I put my mind to.”  Beatific smile.

Probably not the reaction he was hoping for May 2, 2008

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Overheard in the counselor’s suite, during a group session for first graders with anger issues:

James, all excited: “Erica, Erica, look what I wrote!”

Erica: “Uggghhh!  James! Well, I do not love you.

Well, the dress code does technically require that boys wear belts. April 18, 2008

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Jannard: a very quiet & shy second grader, small for his age.  He approached me today and practically whispered, “Ms. Art?  I got a belt buckle.”

He’s dressed in his school uniform, even though it’s a Friday and most kids don’t wear them on Fridays (actually, most kids don’t wear them at all).  So, navy blue shorts, light yellow polo, and…

It’s bigger than his hand, fingers outstretched, and yes, it spins.

Oh, good, two more things to add to my list of morals to be sure to instill in my own future children March 19, 2008

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Me: “So, Quintavion, um…what is that art on the side of your head all about?”

Quintavion (a kindergartener): “It’s a dollar sign…and a champagne glass!” [Ed. note: It’s obviously a martini glass. Amateur.]

Me: “Oh. So, you drink a lot of champagne?”

Him: “WHAT?! NO!!! I am a KID! I don’t drink that stuff!!!!”

Me: “Oh, oh. I see. But if you can’t drink it, why’s it on the side of your head?”

Quintavion is stumped. He doesn’t know why, exactly, but offers that his mom put it on there. Naturally.