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Lessons From the Firsties

1. Logic is subjective. Purely. If a six year-old thinks it more convenient to convince you that a seven feet long worm really did eat their homework, then they will do so without hesitation. Some will ask if you were dropped on your head when you express disbelief.

2. When you’re asked if you want to see something cool, say no. Saying yes leads to craziness like having a paper bag filled with cat poo opened in your face.

3. Games are matters of life and death. Cries of “cheater!” and “sore looser!” run rampant. Attempts to change this are largely futile.

4. Dora the Explorer, Miley Cyrus, and the Power Rangers are gods. Any word against them merits severe ostracizing. References to “Kermit the Frog” are more often than not met with blank stares.

5. Buffy-speak is the new English. For example: “You’re mean, really mean…just–just…well you’re not nice!”

6. Tell almost any small child that you can and will show them how to make ice cream and they will worship the ground you walk on. However, be sure you are prepared to deal with the sugar highs that will inevitably result.

7. Do not dismiss a child’s concerns and worries just because they seem small to you, while an adult has the advantage of perspective a child does not. Do not ever just write it off.

8. Very little amuses primary-age children like things they would consider naughty. The word “crap” has been known to cause a case of the giggles lasting  for several minutes. The word “shit”? To say nothing got accomplished is an understatement.

They’ve made me smile, laugh ’til I cried, and often wonder how someone could frown at something that endearing. I actually changed my major when I realized how much I enjoyed working with them over the past year. They are my firsties and damn if I won’t miss them.

  1. June 9, 2009 at 1:12 AM

    That was absolutely adorable. I’m sure they’ll miss you too.

  2. June 9, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Awww. And if they were old enough to grasp what you just wrote there – and not become bored and walk away from it – they’d appreciate that post.

  3. PQ
    June 10, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    I loved this 🙂

  4. Tinkerbell
    June 10, 2009 at 5:18 PM

    That was really cute. Me like!

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