Another Great Lesson Learned
We walked into school today and Ryan was greeted by one of her favorite teachers. She left the school last year and is subbing this week. Ryan ran in with a big hug for the teacher and then started talking about pumpkins.
“Mom, Momma, Mommy, Mom, Ma (that’s my full name) can we pick the pumpkins?”
Now of course I am in Florida and it is May. We all know that there are no pumpkins, yet that weird connection we have with our children, quickly translated for me.
“OH, you mean the orange berries growing on the shrubs outside of school.”
I love when I’m right about these things. It makes me feel oddly clairvoyant. If only I had a similar connection with the stock market.
We found these “pumpkinish” berries yesterday. They sparked an important discussion about not eating random fruits we see on trees, unless an adult i.e. parent, worker at grove or orchard, teacher on field trip, gives their permission.
Ryan explained that Miss Substitute, (I will not write her name because I truly enjoy her, when she is not teaching my daughter terrible terrible things.) ate one yesterday.
Miss Sub: “Oh, I told her she could have one… if Mommy said it was okay.”
Really? Really, Miss Substitute? You had to pick and eat a berry from a random shrub, like Gretel, in front of my child? Oh, and then you went on to tell her it was okay if I gave permission?
“What are they?” I asked, just curious, not because I was even considering giving in.
Miss Sub: “I don’t know.”
Oh, well, what a great lesson. Were you that hungry? You couldn’t have waited for snack time? That tiny berry looked so filling that you risked poisoning yourself and making a hazardous impression on a class of 4 year olds, to taste one?
Why didn’t you just say, “I will try one of these berries because I am excruciatingly hungry and they look sooo good. If I do not die, children, you should ask your parents if you too could eat some random, nameless fruit that grows near on a bush near a swamp.
In fact children, it is a fabulous idea to eat anything you find growing outdoors, it’s natural and hence, good for you. If you take anything from the 2 days I am subbing, let it be that lesson. The next time I sub, I will teach you all how to properly light your house on fire, and we’ll even play a traffic game called chicken.”