Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Shock Value

Mrs. W and Mrs. W taught our three oldest kids for two years each in a 2nd and 3rd grade multi-age classroom. They are phenomenal teachers and their teaching methods legendary. For years they couldn't escape us as one kid followed the next into that classroom.

One of the things they required once a month from each student was to memorize and present a poem of their choice. Our kids frequently used things from Shel Silverstein -a family favorite!

One day near the end of the month Beaner realized she hadn't memorized a poem and it was her turn to present.

I should have known she would do it someday. But in second grade? My cute quiet little peacemaker with a heart the size of Texas? Gentle and loving to all things living...

Yes, yes, she did. This would be the first of a life filled with little shock value actions.

She quoted her fathers favorite poem.

A Bird in the Snow

I was on my way to school
When what do you know?

I spied a birdy
Lying in the snow
It's wing was broke
and it couldn't fly

It was gonna lay there
and it was gonna die

So I neared him close
with a piece of bread

and I STOMPED on his little head.

That's it.
I hate it.
I sit there and wait for the bird to be loved and cared for when my sweet little girl laughs shyly after her shock ending.

The teacher told me about it the next day when I went in to help at school. She said, "It was so funny I had her do it again for the other teacher and the rest of the class."



Goings on at the Glenn's said...

haha that is pretty funny though. I can totally see Mike teaching that to her too.

JoLyn said...

no words necessary - I'm just laughing!

Jaci said...

Saray Sylvia Cynthia Stout WOULD not take the garbage, a family favorite here too.

Twisted Fencepost said...

That's funny in an embarassing kinda way.

Mike J said...

That right there is a classic poem which needs to be recited whenever and wherever possible.

everydayMOM said...

no way... Did Mike write the poem or is it something famous I should recognize?

Jenny-Jenny said...

He heard it a few years before that. He still thinks it's the funniest thing EVER! But I looked for it on the internet and didn't find it. So, who knows where it came from.

Tipper said...

LOL! Thats the kind of stuff my girls do and I always blame it on their Dad.