March 2018 SOLC–Day 3
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Tables lined the hallway, covered with an assortment of paper backs and picture books from last night’s Read Across America celebration. As we walked by on our way to recess, my fourth graders eyed the books. K started giggling, nudged her friend and pointed to the first word in a large hardcover titled “Dick and Jane and Friends.” Her friend smiled but didn’t respond much.
As we exited the building, K approached me. “Mrs. Hogan, one of the books back there had the “d” word on the cover!”
I felt fortunate that I actually knew what she was talking about.
“Yup,” I said, “That’s a name. It’s actually a nickname for Richard.”
“What!?!” she cried. Her face was a mirror of astonishment with “You have to be kidding me!” written all over it.
“Yeah,” her friend chimed in, “I have an uncle with that name.”
“I have an Uncle Dick, too,” I added.
K. looked back and forth between the two of us skeptically, weighing whether to believe us or not.
“Well,” she finally announced emphatically, “If I ever have a child and name him Richard, I am NEVER EVER going to use that nickname for him!”
Then she swept outside for recess. I laughed the whole way back to the classroom.