One of my students stopped before playing a piece for me the other day, saying, "I have something I want to give you." He started pulling things out of his pocket (chapstick, lint, etc.), finally found what he was looking for, held his hand out, and gave me these:
|2 nickels and a penny|
When asking a student to fill out a teacher evaluation form for me, I was telling him he could list things he likes or doesn't like about what I'm doing or things I could do better. He asked if he could write his Christmas list on there (I take it he stopped listening after "List things you like..."). Before I could explain, "No, that's not what it's for," he went on to list the things he wants: "A race car, a rocket launcher, the moon, a spaceship, 162 baby kitties - no wait, my mom's cousin is allergic to those, so I probably shouldn't get them...unless I get ones so small no one could see them...but then I'd step on them...so I would probably keep them in the fish bowl with my fish." I said, "In the water?!" He said, "No...that wouldn't work, either. I'd keep them under my globe on my dresser." Good luck, Santa.
I was prepping one of my new little students about what is going to happen at the recital, because I won't be in attendance during the time he'll perform. It will be his first recital, but he's watched his siblings perform before, so he knows what it's all about. During this discussion, I started to tell him where he'll be sitting, and he said, "Yeah - and I'll probably be wearing my beautiful shirt and probably my beautiful pants." He has such a sweet little voice, and I was just cracking up at his word choice.
Finally, two conversations with the 5-yr.-old I nanny for:
- He was eating sardines for lunch (and repeatedly exclaiming how good they tasted and how he liked them so much), and afterward said, "I need to go brush my teeth." I asked why, and he said, "Well, these sardines sure give you a stinky breath, and I can't go to school like that!" He made his way to the bathroom, and then I heard him groan and say, "Oh great!" I went to see what the problem was, and he told me, "I can't get any toothpaste out of here, and now I have to go to school with such a stinky breath!" Have no fear - I helped him squeeze a little bit of toothpaste out, and he went to school with a minty fresh breath.
- He came to me the other day saying, "Guess what?!" As usual, I started guessing ridiculous things, "Umm...you just ate a worm...you're joining the circus...etc., etc." He said "No!" to them all, then I guessed, "Umm....you love me a lot." He paused and frowned, and I said, "You don't love me?!" He replied in a very calm, reassuring voice, "Well, let's not worry about that right now."
Thanks for letting me share these! I know they're probably not as great second-hand, but I probably shouldn't carry around a video camera... ☺