Wednesday, September 19, 2012

An Impromptu Science Lesson

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

Hey girls,

Do you ever have moments as a parent when you wish you could pause life--you know, ala Zack Morris on Saved By The Bell?  I find that happens much more as the kids are getting older.  Let me explain:  today we went to the library and picked up some books for the week. In our pile was this book:

Have you ever read the tale of "Little Grunt and the Big Egg?"  It's a cute book filled with sweet Tomie dePaola images.  It tells the story of Little Grunt (a cave boy) and the drama that ensues the day he discovers a dinosaur egg.  Spoiler alert:  The egg hatches and produces his new friend who he names George.  Fast forward to the end of the book.  Turns out George is really GEORGINA.  

 There was George, sitting on a pile of big eggs. 
 “I guess I’d better call George Georgina!” said Little Grunt. 
 And they all lived happily ever after.

It was all great.  Then this happened:

A Play by Mrs. Kelly

Blondie:  Why is George, Georgina?

Mrs. Kelly :  (Raises eyebrow and nods head at Blondie to acknowledge question.)
                     Well, it's because...
                     (Voice trails off and is interrupted by five-year-old son, the Professor.)

Professor:  Mom, boys can have girl names.  And girls can have boy names. 

Mrs. Kelly:  (Again, nods.)  You're right.  Yes they can. But I think only girl dinosaurs can lay dinosaur eggs so I think, probably, the joke is that George was really a girl and Little Grunt didn't know it.  

Blondie:  Why is he a girl?  Why can't he have eggs?  I want to be a boy. (Stands with hands on hips waiting for an answer.)

Mrs. Kelly:  Uh, well, you see it's just the girls that are laying the eggs. 

Professor: Well that doesn't seem fair mom. 

Mrs. Kelly: Well, no.  Yea.  I mean, it's just that the girls are laying the eggs.  The boys are also important.  (Looks around the room as if to search for a better answer.)  What I mean is that Little Grunt must have liked the name Georgina better.

( Both children look up and nod as if to say, duh mom! )

( Scene freezes.  sound of recorder rewinding is played)

Both Kids:  Why is George, Georgina?  (Pause).
Mrs. Kelly:  Little Grunt likes the name Georgina better.  

(Mrs. Kelly exits the kitchen feeling exasperated.)


Geesh Mr. dePaola, give me a heads up next time! 


PS Leave it to my children to dwell on the smallest detail of a story.
PPS Girl Power - Yay Georgina!
PPPS I've got to go scan Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato
PPPPS Next time I'm waiting for their father


Naptime Notebook said...

Mrs. Kelly - I kept waiting for Mr. Belding to appear in your play, "Hey, hey, hey, what is going on here?" Glad you were able to straighten everything out...even without the Saved by the Bell gang. said...

You just gave them both their first SEX talk! Nice going, Mrs.Kelly.
(Why can't Mr. dePaola come up with another name for his character, GRUNT? That is just gross!!

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