Some jokes are funny. Some jokes are funny and true. This happens to be one of the later. I don’t know that it is a true story, but I expect similar conversations have taken place hundreds of times. So, true or not, enjoy the dialog as a teacher in Texas helps a little kindergarten boy put on his boots.
He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn’t want to go on. Finally, when the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost cried when the little boy said, “Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.”
She looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn’t any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on – this time on the right feet.
He then announced, “These aren’t my boots.”
She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, “Why didn’t you say so?” like she wanted to. And, once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.
No sooner they got the boots off and he said, “They’re my brother’s boots. My Mom made me wear ’em.”
Now she didn’t know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, “Now, where are your mittens?” He said, “I stuffed ’em in the toes of my boots.”
What is the nugget of truth here? Simply this. Kids will almost always provide the least amount of information required to answer a question. They will also wait to supply needed information until it is too late. Lesson for us parents? Learn to ask the right questions. Have you experienced this? Share your story in the comments.