It’s Not All Mary Poppins

The children have a WTF moment…

“Only you gots red mittens, Zach!” Arthur enthuses.

“Yeah, only you!” Darcy is right in there. Not to be left out, George ensures that the point is made crystal clear.

“Not Arthur, only you!”

“Not Darcy, only you!”

“Only you!”

“Only you!”

Mary, in a stream-of-consciousness moment engendered by partial attention to the “conversation” and a need to find Zach’s other boot, intones in a gravelly, bear-like voice,

“Only You…Can Prevent Forest Fires.”

Dead silence falls. Four heads turn my direction, four pairs of eyes stare incomprehending for a blank moment, and then as one, they turn from me and resume regularly schedulled programming.


November 2, 2005 - Posted by | daycare, Mischief, outings, random and odd


  1. Kids…never appreciate solid gold humour 🙂

    Comment by Aginoth | November 2, 2005 | Reply

  2. No, though they often provide it. 🙂

    Comment by chosha | November 2, 2005 | Reply

  3. Adult humor is not often appreciated here, either.
    Thanks for posting it though–I enjoyed it!

    Comment by LoryKC | November 3, 2005 | Reply

  4. Haha. I have to stop reading your blog in the public computer labs. I couldn’t help but giggle at that, which caused many a curious eye to look my way.

    Laughing in the lab is just about as taboo as screaming in the library, it seems.

    Comment by Haley | November 3, 2005 | Reply

  5. Aginoth: Thanks! “Solid gold humour”. I’ll take it!

    Chosa: They do indeed. One of the perks of my job, which more than makes up for running noses and bottoms. Most days.

    Lory: Unappreciated adult humour is one of the reasons adults who deal with children a lot develop a slightly dark humour. “If I can’t laugh with you, I’ll laugh at you.” In the most affectionate of ways, of course.

    Haley: As long as you’re not snorting coffee out your nose and onto the keyboard, they should be able to deal with it!!

    Comment by Mary P. | November 3, 2005 | Reply

  6. My husband wonders why I sit here laughing while he’s entranced by Star Trek. Did Spock do something funny? No, it’s Mary P. again.

    Comment by Granny | November 7, 2005 | Reply

  7. Well, thank you! I aim to please. 🙂

    Comment by Mary P. | November 7, 2005 | Reply

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