Words of Wisdom to Miles, Alice and Simon

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During my first week of kindergarten, my teacher Mrs. Owl called each child up to her desk individually and asked us to count to 100. I got to 30, and I had no clue what came next. I was so mad.

I knew that Mrs. Owl thought maybe I wasn’t so smart.

I felt that I should really be able to count past 30.

So I did the only thing I could do.

I said, “Mrs. Owl – YOU have a moustache.” (She really did!)

And then I went back to my desk and sat down. And the next morning, my grandma taught me how to count to 100 – it was much easier than I thought it would be.

And Mrs. Owl never mentioned how rude I’d been – but I never noticed her moustache again either.

Dear Miles, Alice and Simon,
Please don’t tell your future teachers that they have moustaches (even when they do). In fact, you really shouldn’t comment about anyone’s body hair for obvious reasons.

Miles – you have the hairiest back anyone has ever seen. You will be teased for that – especially if you make comments about other people’s hairy problems.

And Alice – honey – you have blonde hair and blue eyes now – but don’t forget that you still have some Greek in you. You’re bound to have a facial hair problem at some point.

And Simon – you’re so sweet, I’m sure you’d never even notice someone else’s facial hair. No need to lecture you.


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  1. Beth

    August 3, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    FIrst of all… I am glad I never had a student like YOU when I was teaching Kindergarten. Although I had a student draw a picture of me with yellow AND brown hair…alluding that my roots might have needed a touch up! Secondly…our poor hairy Greek kids… they have no idea what's in store for them in the future. I see Bic razors by third grade!

  2. Madison

    August 5, 2011 at 6:53 am

    LOL! Brutal honesty always works best with kids. For example, "Wee Man, you have smelly feet!"

    You do make me chuckle.

    Madison xxx

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