Friday, November 17, 2006

The Big Picture?

A very old one from the draft file. (Arthur, a former client, was four when this was written; Adam is my son, age 17.): Arthur presents Adam with a sheet of paper. "Look. I drawed an H and a D and an O. What does that say?" "Well, those letters in that order don't make a word. Not all the letters mix to make words. They have to be in just the right order, too." "I will go put in some more letters." Adam grins his lop-sided grin, the mischief grin. "You do that. Eventually you'll make a word, just like the monkeys on typewriters." ~~~~~~~~~~~~ © 2006, Mary P

9 Comments:

Blogger Kristen said...

Hahaha!! Just the other day I was wondering about ol' Arthur. I kind of miss him.

11/17/2006 05:41:00 PM  
Blogger Pendullum said...

That mademe smile more than words can say...
Monkeys on typewriters,,,,GEEZ!

11/17/2006 07:22:00 PM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Ha! He might really just manage a word that way.

My favorite random spelling story is from "Family Guy." The dad character says: Look, my Alphabet Soup is sending me a message. It says, "OOOOOOOOOO!"

The reply from the wisecracking dog: "Peter, you're eating Cheerios."

11/17/2006 11:38:00 PM  
Blogger Tater and Tot said...

Okay, I went to wikipedia to read about this monkeys on typewriters thing and it reminded me of something very important.

I never was good at math.

11/18/2006 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous SassyStudent said...

darcy. i miss darcy!!!

11/18/2006 12:53:00 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

When kids ask we what they've written I always ask them what they think it says (or want it to say). Usually they give me some long complicated sentence (which of course was written as 3 or 4 letters).
I've also had kids end up with real words (hmm... maybe the monkeys on typewriters thing is right? But I'm thinking they copied a word from the environment)
I like Adam's method though.

11/18/2006 03:35:00 PM  
Blogger kimmyk said...

I miss all the kids. Miss Mia in her pink. Darcy. Oh how they come into our lives...and then quickly leave.

11/18/2006 08:43:00 PM  
Blogger Andie D. said...

Ben does that too. And approximately 1/4th of the time he insists on writing his name NBE.

We've taken to calling him "Nebbah".

11/19/2006 08:00:00 PM  
Blogger Mary P. said...

Kristen: I still see all three of those boys - Arthur, George and Darcy - from time to time. They live in the neighbourhood, after all. I just don't see enough of them to get the good stories. Too bad!

Pendullum: My boy is a bright one. With a good sense of humour. He'll make a good dad or uncle or something one day!

LadyM: He almost had a word there. Switch the O and the D, and it's a word. Not one he's likely to know, but a word. ("OOooooo". LOL)

Tater and Tot: I did all right in math, though in general it never grabbed my interest. Stuff like this, though - THAT was interesting. Weird, but interesting. :-) No, weird and therefore interesting!

Sassy: So.Do.I. I don't have favourites, of course, but if I did, he'd be the one from that group. Not that he was, or anything...nuh-uh.

Julia: I do that all the time. "What a lovely picture! Would you tell me about it?" The open-ended, let-them-tell-YOU approach. You get no end of good blog fodder that way...

Kimmyk: Yep. You have to get used to the comings and going in this business. Which is not to say I don't truly miss some of them when they go. I'm thinking this new group will give us some good reading, though!

Andie: LMAO "Nebbah"!!! I love it!

11/20/2006 02:49:00 PM  

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