Oh, Yeah

     I think I've been going through this school year forgetting to savor one of the most simple pleasures of teaching young children: they say mean things.  They don't mean to, they don't think they're being mean, and so I guess they're not.  They just haven't developed what I call the "filter."  That part of your brain that tells you "rephrase that" or "shut up."  They're still missing that part.
     But it came up earlier this week when one of my favorite little guys told me that my hands "look old and wrinkly."  He didn't mean that I'm old (even though he things I am) and he didn't mean that my hands look ugly, he was just making an observation, that's all.  It reminded me of some of the un-filtered comments I've heard and thought I ought to write them down before I lose them.  Here are the ones that have seared me enough to remember.  They're pretty funny.
  • "You look like a man."  (on a day when I tried something different with my hair)
  • "You looked better yesterday." (the same day)
  • "Are you almost going to have a baby?" (meaning: you look fat)
  • "Can you not have babies? My mom had lots of babies when she was your age."
  • "My mom hates you."
  • "Mr. Meakin gave Mrs. Meakin flowers. Mr. Caldwell didn't give you any?"
  • "We are not friends." 
  • "On no, you're wearing those ugly glasses."     
     I guess I should be glad they're learning English.                                                                                                                                  


Hulberts said...

Yep kids can be mean. I'm sorry that they haven't started filtering yet. Maybe you should have a "filter learning session" after math or something during the school day. I know once Mason starts really talking, he will probably say some things that are a bit too honest for me to handle.

Tim, Jenae & Jaxon said...

Haha Staci that is funny!! Kids are way mean, obviously they don't know what they're talking about if they think you look pregnant! Weird kid!jk I'm not looking forward to Jax entering the un-filtered comment stage at all! Hope all is well with you guys! Love ya!

teach people not books said...

How about this one, after I talked about graduating at the top of my high school class: "Ms. [Me], I thought people that graduated at the top of their class went on to be doctors and lawyers, not teachers."

Shouldn't that filter have kicked in yet?

Duersch Family said...

STACI! Somehow, for my first comment on your blog, I just needed to put your name in all caps! I love your blog. It makes me miss you. I just bookmarked it under my "favorite blogs" category. Washington needs another upper grade teacher next year--are you "transferable" yet?

SSCaldwell said...

I am. My principal (who I really have come to love) has suggested me for career a year early. However, I still have some of the same issues I had last year (can I work with her as my boss?) and I don't know if I could give up second grade. Isn't that crazy? And, well, I'm not teaching next year. I'm having a baby boy in August and have agreed to try the stay-at-home thing for a year. Ah! Wish me luck.