Ok so one of us needs to work on our sense of humor. Either I have to tamp mine down a bit or Frank needs to grow one ASAP. I vote for Frank growing a sense of humnor. He’s only five. It could be a long row-to-hoe going through life as serious as he seems to be. And when the boy is doing his homework he is droopy dog serious.
Whilst assisting the boy with his writing homework we were discussing words that begin with the “H” sound. Once you come up with a word you have to spell it, write it, and then draw a picture of it. It’s a good little exercise that can show, and help, with comprehension. It’s one thing to say and write a word but drawing a picture of it shows you know what the word is and what it means.
I like to let him come up with words but sometimes I’ll toss out a few examples or ask him questions that might lead to an example. I know I know, Teacher of the Year here I come. Before I can get one swallow of Diet Coke he yells out HOSE! Almost choked on my DC cause I heard HOES. The under-appreciated gardening implement is not the first thought that came to my mind. However the boy was undaunted and started drawing.
What did you think I said daddy?
How would I draw a hoe? I don’t even know what a hoe looks like.
Good, lets keep it that way.
I got the, “Daddy are you dunk?” quizzical glare. No matter. Crisis averted. Moving on.
So abstract boy kept tossing our words that did start with the “H” sound but seemed, to me at least, difficult to draw. My next offering – Hat. Good word, easy to spell and write, and more importantly very easy to draw.
No daddy I don’t want that word.
Why not? I asked indignantly.
I want to use hot.
Well how in blazes are you going to draw hot? Again I’m in full indignant mode. Here’s a rare parenting tip from me. Never go full indignant mode. Especially when you’re dealing with kids, whose minds have not been sullied with the limitations of the three dimensional world and the pessimistic adults who inhabit it.
Like this silly McGilly. Silly McGilly? I decided not to ask.
He proceeds to draw a large orange/yellow ball with rays of various shapes and sizes raining down upon the earth. Ok so he drew hot, big deal.
He was proud of himself. Then he starts the trash talk. Laughing at me because I didn’t know how to draw hot.
You know, I’m the adult in the room. I know better than to sink to his level. However, as it turns out his level may actually be above mine.
I reply with, Okay huckleberry, lets see you draw Habits. This is really nothing new. I generally call him a buch of different names when we’re talking. He felt differently.
Setting his pencil down and turning his head toward me in a manner that gave me Catholic School principal office flashbacks, he began to lecture me on name calling.
I Am Not Huckleberry!
Yes Frank I know that.
You should not call names. It’s not nice. You shouldn’t do that.
You’re right Frank. I shouldn’t have said that, I’m sorry.
It’s ok Daddy.
And we’re back to drawing abstract words that start with H.
God it’s going to be a long school year.