SOLC 2018–Day 27: Piranha?


March 2018 SOLC–Day 27
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Parent teacher conferences are in full swing and our school is buzzing with activity until late in the evening. Last night while waiting for a student and parent, I was straightening up the room and getting ready for today. Across the hall I saw a third grader standing with her Scholastic Book Fair swag clutched in her arms. I stepped out to say hello and she held up her poster for me to see.

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This isn’t the precise poster, but you get the idea!

“Whoa, A!” I said. “What are those?”

“Piranhas,” she announced.

“That is one scary looking poster, ” I said. “Where are you going to put it?”

She shrugged. “My sister’s one.”

I paused, uncertain what she meant, then asked, “Your sister’s one what?”

“A piranha,” she replied.

“A… piranha?” I repeated.

“Yes,” she said, simply.

Her mom, hovering nearby, smiled and interjected in a patient tone, “A., your sister is not a piranha.”

I had the feeling that this was not a new conversation.

“She likes to bite,” A stated firmly.

“Well,” her mom continued, glancing at me, somewhat flustered, “she doesn’t really bite. She just pretends to.”

“She’s a piranha,” A repeated.

“She doesn’t even have her front teeth!” her mom said.

I laughed, though I noticed that A. did not look amused or convinced. We talked a bit more about this and that. Then A. and her mom turned to head down the hall and out the door, and I turned to head into my classroom.

A. must have handed her Book Fair booty to her mom, because I suddenly felt her arms wrapped around my waist.

“Good night, Mrs. Hogan.”

“Good night, A.”

She dashed off down the hallway again to reclaim her poster and books. I walked into my classroom.

 Oh, I do hope A is in my class next year!

13 thoughts on “SOLC 2018–Day 27: Piranha?

  1. margaretsmn says:

    I love how you captured this strange conversation and ended with a hug. I hope she’s in your class, too.

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  2. Hahaha. I want you to teach her, too. What a great exchange! The whole thing felt a little like reading about Ramona or Fudge. These lines had me laughing with you:
    “She’s a piranha,” A repeated.
    “She doesn’t even have her front teeth!” her mom said.

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  3. cindaroo42 says:

    Ha! What a fun post to read! I especially love how you describe that A was not amused or convinced! That just makes it that much sillier. What a poster! The hug is such a perfect ending to this adorable slice!

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  4. Adrienne says:

    That is a nickname for a sibling that you might find in a book. I ‘d want A in my class, too!

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  5. terierrol says:

    Love the pictures you paint for me with this conversation. Yes, I want A in my class too.

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  6. Love how you captured the conversation! I would want A in my class too.

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  7. jennieb says:

    It was definitely a funny conversation. I love when kids talk about their siblings!


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