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Monday, April 23, 2007

The Joys of Snack Time!

Today, I had a delightful conversation with an eight-year-old boy during our snack time at school!
I was by his desk just as I was crunching into my apple, barely missing the paper sticker label they now put on each and every piece of fruit. (That must take up a tremendous amount of time and salary for the grocery stores!)

"Yikes! I almost ate another one!" I exclaimed. "I should probably be more careful."

Said little boy offered, "I just ate one, too. I don't even look anymore, I just eat'em all now. Go ahead, they don't hurt you. I bet my stomach's way more fuller of 'em than yours is! And my stomach doesn't even hurt."

Then we spun off on a whole line of questioning and wondering what his stomach would look like, if you could see them in an x-ray, and more importantly, if you'd still be able to read what kind if apple it was!! We speculated about whether they'd all be stuck together in a heap or all stuck to the inside of his stomach....and yes, (this is a little boy!) whether he'd actually see them again!! (He hoped so!)

I was sad when the bell rang to go out for recess. I had enjoyed a simple, yet prominent highlight in my day! Best brain gym I'd had too.

We'll share snack time again soon and I'll be sure to go to his desk. Who knows what we'll ponder next?!

Mother of Invention, still wary of all the labels I've eaten!

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Blogger meno said...

That is so precious. I think those labels are stuck to the sides of your stomach like wallpaper, along with all the gum you have ever swallowed.

Those labels annoy me. Zuccini has them too and i always end up gouging into the zuke to get it off.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Blogger TopChamp said...

ha ha ha!! It's nice to know that you can eat as many labels as you like and it won't hurt your tummy. He sounds like a cool kid.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blogger GEWELS said...

Sounds like someone I would love to spend my snack time with. Kids have the BEST conversations.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blogger Barbara said...

I love the freedom of a child's mind and tongue. I can just hear an adult saying TMI (too much information) if you were to explore this topic.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Anonymous Coll said...

I am forever just missing those labels, removing them and quickly sticking them to something else so that I may carry on with my munching.

This little guy sounds so precious. I just love how both he and you were able to get lost in the moment. One of the many gifts that our children give us.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blogger steve said...

Sounds like a snack that could really stick to your ribs.
Thats why I go with brownies.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blogger Maggie said...

What a brilliant conversation. It never ceases to amaze me the viewpoint of children. They can make us think about things in ways we forget to.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blogger Richard said...

Pulling the little sticker off is the first thing I do with a fruit. The only one it is problematic with is pears, since it tends to pull a patch of skin off the pear. This is not a problem if the intent is to consume immediately, but causes grief when packing it for lunch - since the exposed part gets ... erm ... icky.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blogger mystic rose said...

precious! and children can be such joy.. just listening to them.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Meno: One of the many memorable moments from teaching.
Yeah, they must be sticking to the gum, unless the gum went to the appendix as parents used to say! Those stickers are quite annoying. I end up with them on my counter!

Topchamp: He is a really cool kid! I love moments like that! Was my highlight of the day.

Gewels: I connected right away because of his creative thinking!

Barbara: That's what I so love about them...I actually encourage that since it's fun for me too.

Coll: It was truly a cool connection! It just happened as a rainbow does.

Steve: HA! HA! Yep, I remember how you ate all the brownies Water Baby made!

Maggie: I get so much out of them because I think like that a bit too and so I encourage it. They always eagerly follow along since most teachers don't think like I do! I have the silly factor.

Richard: Yes, that happens all the time with me...I end up biting it and throwing it out! How time consuming for them to put them all on!

Mystic: I love having conversations like that! They don't realize how neat they are!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blogger Diana said...

I adore 8 year old conversations, at least the ones that cover topics other than poop. Poop related topics rate high with our son.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Diana: I draw the line at Poop talk at school! I always let them go when they say they have to go!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Blogger RennyBA said...

It's always great to have those conversations with the young once when they understand that you take them seriously and are interested in their thoughts and ideas. A challenge yes, but also as you say: a great brain gym:-)

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Renny: They always know that I like talking with them and I like to use my imagination so I usually get a lot of response from them. It is a cool connection.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Blogger TorAa said...

Small things can creat big coverations and with fantasy and kids, it easely ends up like an endless story.

Great post

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Blogger fennymun said...

What an interesting and amusing conversation! I just love the way you stimulate the imagination of the boy.

My boy had once asked what would happen if he swallowed the seeds of apple into his stomach, his grandpa answered right away that an apple tree is probably growing up in there.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Blogger gr said...

When I was little I would put banana stickers on my nose. I was known for it.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Toraa:Thanks! Often it is the simple things that I just get a kick out of with kids! Always a surprise...something unexpected.

Fennymun: We fed each other's imagination and "what if" kind of thinking.

I must have a whole orchard in my tummy, then!

Gr: Why doesn't that surprise me?!!
Class clown too?!! I bet you knew how to split those maple keys and make them stick to you forehead too!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Blogger brooksba said...

How cute and rewarding. That's a sweet experience to share. I hope he remembers it fondly.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Brooksba: Who knows what kids remember..he may...was very cute.

Saturday, May 05, 2007


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