Kids are funny, aren't they? Every day when I go to pick my daughter up from school, I find one or two kids doing something that makes me laugh. Today I saw a girl, probably about 8 years old, fixing a wedgie. Without the slightest hint of self consciousness, she walked through the elementary school lobby pulling on the seat of her pants and wiggling. The throng of other kids and parents didn't deter her from her mission.
Years ago, when my son was in the third grade, I volunteered to help out with a classroom holiday art project. I was supervising the kids as they cut shapes out of craft foam sheets to make decorations. All of a sudden, in the middle of his project, one little boy got very excited. "I know this song!" he said. He closed his eyes and swayed back and forth as if listening to some unusual and exotic melody. It was Jingle Bells.
It's always fun to volunteer at school during the holidays. When my daughter was in kindergarten, I helped out with a classroom party. As each of the kids came to my station, I asked them what they were hoping to get for Christmas. All but one of had predictable answers; video games, Barbie dolls and the like. "What did you ask Santa for?" I asked the boy. With enthusiasm, he said "A muzzle loader!"
Kids have a way of making adults look foolish, too. I chaperoned a field trip to the Detroit Zoo when my son was in elementary school. It was a hot day, so, after a few hours of walking, the group of chaperones I was with decided to sit in the shade. The kids didn't want a break so we let them run around while we rested at a picnic table. When they asked if they could sit on the wall behind us, we told them they could. It wasn't very high and looked sturdy, what harm would there be in letting them sit on it? A few minutes later we heard adults screaming and shouting so we went to investigate. That wall we let the kids sit on? It was the back side of the rhino pen. And the kid hanging down trying to "pet" a rhino. You guessed it, it was my son.
Yeah, kids are funny.
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