Monday, November 13, 2006

Generous to a Fault

We're out of Kleenex in my classroom. This is allergy season. My nose is running like a faucet, and the Kleenex box is empty. The Kleenex is mine. I bought it. It sits on my desk -- but I am not the one who used a whole box in just a couple of days. In fact I was quite shocked to visit the newly opened box and find it empty. I picked up the empty box, turned to the class and said, "My Kleenex are gone. I just bought this box and it shouldn't be empty yet. I need to blow my nose. Since you guys used all my Kleenex I think it's only fair if you all give me something to blow my nose with." I turned to the child closest to me - it was Ike. I said, "I have to blow. Give me your sleeve." He extended his arm, holding the cuff of his long sleeved-shirt in his fingers and stretching the sleeve taut. "Okay," he said. "Just don't use the side I do."


Blogger Jan said...

LOL, ain't that just like kids? I mean last night my son tossed the kitchen towel into dirty clothes hamper. When I asked for something to wipe my hands off on, he extended his shirt

11/13/2006 02:39:00 PM  
Blogger Nessa said...

And he even offered you the clean spot.

11/13/2006 03:39:00 PM  
Blogger Louisiana said...

he is sooo sweet..that was nice of him honey..ahhh, disgusting but oh so nice..

good luck with your allergies. my daughter has them and she has such a hard time with her runny nose and the endless, and i mean endles snezees..

11/13/2006 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! That was probably one of the funniest things I read all day. Gotta love those students of yours! :)

11/13/2006 04:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! That was probably one of the funniest things I read all day. Gotta love those students of yours! :)

11/13/2006 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

What a cutie pie!

11/13/2006 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is this, Quilly-Sister? I get poopy stories over at Cindra's blog today, and snot stories here at it Leaky Orifices Monday and no one told me???

11/13/2006 05:25:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Jan -- I was afraid to call this kids bluff for fear he wasn't bluffing.

Nessa -- if there was a clean spot.

Chana -- the sneezing is potentially a worse problem than the running nose, considering how seldom we're allowed to go to the restroom.

Brooke -- that's why I share'em. They're just too funny to keep to myself.

Jenn -- are we looking at the same kid?

Jackie -- I guess this is just your lucky day!

11/13/2006 05:55:00 PM  
Blogger Pauline said...

I'm laughing so loud the neighbors can hear me!!!

11/13/2006 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Gee, Pauline, I think I can hear you!

11/13/2006 06:15:00 PM  
Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

Ha, ha, haaaa! Children are amazing! I would be totally grossed out with the thought of germs near me (as is, my poor kids know to cover their mouths when coughing because you do NOT cough on me... being a yogi and a yoga teacher, I cannot get sick because if I do I cannot breathe and if I cannot breathe no yoga and no teaching and...) which goes to show his sweetness but his line is classic! I bet you could totally write a book with the stuff you hear these kids say!

11/13/2006 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Neoma said...

You can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friends nose. but I guess you can wipe it...haha

Give me your address, and a box of kleenex will be on it's way.......I just bought five..haha

11/13/2006 09:07:00 PM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Miz B -- indeed. I have some winning anecdotes I've yet to share from my past ten years. My current kids keep me in good supply. And yes, the little darling was disgusting, but hailariously so.

Nea -- I went straight to the store after school. One can only use those brown paper towels a few times without removing both their nose and top lip.

11/13/2006 09:21:00 PM  
Blogger DaBich said...

LOL! Of course he wasn't bluffing, those kids love you! :)

11/14/2006 01:38:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Dabich -- that kind of love is just a bit over the top, don't you think?

11/14/2006 07:16:00 AM  
Blogger Neoma said...

Quill here in Georgia, at the beginning of school they make a list of things that the kids need to bring to school. On that list is a bottle of liquid hand sterilizer, and a box of kleenex. If every kid does their job. the teacher ends up with about 25 boxes..... haha

11/14/2006 10:26:00 AM  
Blogger Charlene Amsden said...

Nea, our list says Kleenex or paper towels. I have 16 rolls of paper twoels, but I won't be blowing my nose on them. Ow!

11/14/2006 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Minka said...

Slightly disgusting, yet brilliant!
I bet you are an awesome teacher!

11/14/2006 04:09:00 PM  

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