Monday, April 16, 2012

Laugh or Cry?

The Texas teacher was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his rain boots. He had asked her 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 say, "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 did 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?" and he said,

"I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots."

~ Author Unknown ~


Tiger said...

And the last line is:

She began to weep softly.


masterwordsmith said...

Hi Tiger

Thanks for your prompt response!

I had a student like that once. From a broken family, she wore oversized shoes and managed to wear them by stuffing soccer socks in the shoes which lasted her for five years. I only found out cos one day, I asked jokingly that it kind of reminded me of the Big Bad Wolf in Little Riding Hood.


Michael said...

Hi Paula