Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Mrs. Hillbilly Mom Does Not Clown Around

My students LOVE to tell me stories. I tell myself that it is NOT because they want to delay the lesson. They just want to share their lives with me. They're selfless like that. So this morning, before I even made it to my desk after the tardy bell, a loquacious lass raised her hand.

"Mrs. Hillbilly Mom? Can I tell you something? It's not really about science."

"Well, you can tell me while I hand out these papers."

"Okay. So...I'm deadly afraid of clowns. And I'm afraid of showers. I guess I've watched too many scary movies. So every time I take a shower, I'm afraid there's a clown behind the shower curtain. I leave it open a little bit. My mom gets mad at me for that. When I'm done, I leave that shower curtain pushed back so nothing can get behind it. Every time I go in the bathroom, I make sure to push that shower curtain back. Oh, and I'm also afraid of the dark."

"I'm guessing something terrible happened."

"YES! Last night, my mom told me to go in the bathroom and get the conditioner. It was dark in there. I turned on the light, and the shower curtain yanked open, and THERE WAS A CLOWN IN THERE! I almost peed my pants. I ran out of there screaming. My dad had got all dressed up like a clown, with makeup and everything, and hid in the shower just to scare me! I was freaking out."

"Did they record it? Like to put on YouTube, or send in to one of those shows?"

"No."

"That's sick! They went to all that trouble just to scare you? Without even recording it to laugh about and show their friends? You poor thing."

"I know, right?"

Toward the end of the hour, when it came time to watch a Learn 360 video about the space station, I felt a little bit guilty when I turned out the classroom light. Let the record show that the storyteller of the hour moved to a seat up front...directly next to the window, with its paltry stream of light.

3 comments:

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I thought you were going to tell us that you happened to have a clown costume .......

Sioux said...

What a twisted parent. I myself have always acted in a forthright way when interacting with my children. I NEVER cheated (repeatedly and often) at Monopoly with my son, so that he experienced the taste of failure (since I could not cheat at cards or Sequence or Pente).

What a horrible parent...

Hillbilly Mom said...

Kathy,
I am no clown. Though I DID scare a kid in that same class just this morning. Unintentionally, of course.

The first bell rang to start the school day. Before standing at my hallway post beside my door, I stopped by my cabinet for a drink of icy water brought from home in my free thyroidectomy hospital-advertisin' plastic cup. I'm consuming extra fluids, you know, for my recent bout with thick green lung snot.

The kid walked through the door and jumped back. "You SCARED me!"

Taking a line from one of my favorite movie heroines, Ellen Ripley, in Alien Resurrection, upon being told that another character thought she was dead, I replied:

"Yeah. I get that a lot."

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Sioux,
I'm sure you can attest to the fallacy of "cheaters never win."