First, the CUTE KID STORIES: I had the cutest troublemaker in one of my first grade Dog Bite Prevention classes. His name was Johnny. I knew his name was Johnny because the teacher used it at least 20 times while I was setting up ("Johnny, is that your seat? No. Well go find it." "Johnny, why aren't you in your seat?" "Johnny, leave her alone." "Johnny, will you PLEASE sit down?" and so on). When I pulled out my lifelike puppet (Cooper), little Johnny proceeded to announce (repeatedly) to the whole class "It's a PUPPET!" "I can see your hand. It's a PUPPET!" I always respond with "yes, but Cooper thinks he's real so we don't tell him or it hurts his feelings." Then Johnny started in with "Ms. Jennifer, I need to ask Cooper a question." I must have told him "when I'm done" at least a dozen times. "But it's really, really important!" Again, a few times with that statement. He finally sat on his hands and pouted until I finished. As soon as I was done, he raced up to the front of the room. Cooper was sitting on a chair while I was packing up my stuff. Johnny asked, "Now? Can I ask Cooper a question NOW, Ms. Jennifer?" I nodded my head. The kid just stood there, speechless. He looked back and forth between Cooper and I, fidgeting. I leaned down and said to him, "You can whisper the question if you want to." He shook his head. I waited. He fidgeted. Finally, he said, "Ms. Jennifer, can you please put Cooper back on your hand?" First cuteness. I complied. Johnny said, "Hi Cooper!" He looked at me. Oh, I'm catching on now. "Hi, Johnny," Cooper replied. "Do you like lollipops?" Yes, this was the really, really important question he just HAD to ask. Does my puppet like lollipops. "I do, but Ms. Jennifer doesn't let me eat them because they're bad for my teeth." "What's your favorite flavor?" "Grape." "I like grape too. But I really, really like apple. You can get these sour apple ones with caramel on the outside and they're my very, very, very favorite." Kids. Gotta love 'em.
I had a fourth grader today ask me, "What do you recommend if you have a hyper dog and your parents aren't home. It's just you and your brother and your dog in the house. You're not allowed to leave, but they need their exercise." I asked, "Do you have a backyard?" He nodded. "Does he like to play fetch?" This fourth grade boy looked at me like I was a dullard and responded, "He's a LAB." Well, DUH. I started laughing. Like everyone is supposed to know that labs love to play fetch. Oh, and I was supposed to know he had a lab. It also killed me that a 9 year old was asking me what I "recommend."
And one from kinder..."Ms. Jennifer, did you know I have puppy?" I love when they start with "did you know". One of these days I want to say "Yes, I knew that!" just to see the look on that little face. Even cuter - "Ms. Jennifer, did you know I have a baby brudder (brother)?" Okay, that was two. But they're adorable.
Now on to the CONTEST - there's a $15 Starbucks card for the winner! Two easy rules:
1) Follow me (I'm very entertaining!) 2) Tell me a cute kid story or quote. Best one wins the prize!
Contest ends Friday, September 10th.
I will announce the winner on Saturday, September 11th.
I am an Humane Education teacher & writer living in Burbank, California. I left television production almost a decade ago to pursue my passion - animals. Along the way, I snagged myself a super handsome, extremely patient and very supportive husband. We rescued three cats - Ol' One Eye Pip, Eowyn the Snow Leopard and Wednesday the Butt. We also ended up with an American Staffordshire Terrier pup, Lily. I co-founded my own non-profit (Paws and Learn Humane Education Center) and spend three days a week in the schools educating kids about kindess to animals, dog bite prevention, city wildlife, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership. I love my job, but I also love to write. I spend my spare time writing and daydreaming. I love the outdoors and enjoy hikes with my hubby, friends and our dogs! Life is what we make of it and I am making the most of mine.