Thursday, October 14, 2010

Kids Say the Darnedest Things: Words-That-Start-With-"M" Edition

Apparently this is shaping up to be "Saucy Week" here at Slimbolala:

I do after-school tutoring/homework-help at the nearby neighborhood center. Some college students also volunteer there. The other day, I was working with a couple of 4th graders. Nearby, a college student volunteer was helping another student. She was sitting cross-legged on the floor with her hands folded in her lap:
4th grader, to college student: Are you doing yoga?

College student: No, I'm just sitting.

4th grader: You look like you're masturbating.

Me: What?!

4th grader, puzzled: She looks like she's masturbating.

Me: (pause) I don't think that means what you think it means.

4th grader: Masturbating, you know like... (closes eyes and holds hands out to either side, index fingers touching thumbs)

Me: You mean "meditating".
There are times—particularly when dealing with kids—when it is both very important and nearly impossible not to laugh. I had to feign extreme interest in something behind me not to reveal my struggle.

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