SOLC Day 11: Did she really say that?!

March 2022 SOLC–Day 11
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(Today I went seeking “treasure” in my drafts file and opted to complete an old unfinished slice.)

“I don’t have a snack,” he said.

“Oh,” I replied. “I think we’re out. Why don’t you go ask the nurse? While you’re there, see if she has some extra snacks that we can keep in the room.”

I knew that the nurse had a supply of snacks available through a grant program. I’d been meaning to pick up some more, but hadn’t found the time to do so yet. This would be a good way to kill two birds with one stone.

A few minutes later, the student re-entered the room with a couple of protein bars in his hand.

“Oh, did she have any more for the class?”

“She said to tell you that she doesn’t have time to waste her time doing that right now and you’ll have to come down and do it later.”

Whoa! I thought, slightly taken aback. That doesn’t sound like Kim!

Later in the day, I bumped into Kim and relayed the story.

Laughing, she protested, “I did NOT say that!”

“Sure…” I said, laughing along.

At the end of the day, Kim popped into the classroom holding a bulging bag of snacks.

“Here!” she said, “I wanted to make sure you had some snacks.”

We both laughed again.

I’m still not sure what happened earlier when the student asked Kim for some snacks, but I’m pretty sure his version of her response was slightly skewed. Either way, at least we’re set for snacks now!

12 thoughts on “SOLC Day 11: Did she really say that?!

  1. jcareyreads says:

    Oh my goodness! Kids are so funny!

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  2. jaclynfre says:

    This reminds me of when students relay a statement as having been “yelled” by an adult, when it was merely stated. I chalk it up to either drama or the anxiety of having been redirected. 🙂 My my my!

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  3. kd0602 says:

    You really just can’t make this stuff up! I love that you have a treasure trove to search through when you need somewhere to start from. I don’t think I like any of my drafts enough to go back to them…so then why don’t I delete them? Hmmm…

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m not sure what it says about my personality that I have well over a hundred drafts. Most of them are a photo or a couple of lines, but some of them are almost completed. It’s funny how you can lose the urgency to write about something if you wait too long.

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  4. margaretsmn says:

    I’m glad you know her well enough to doubt the story from your student.

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  5. Amanda Potts says:

    You mean she didn’t tell a child to tell you not to waste her time? Hahaha. I do wonder what he thought he heard. Oh my.

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  6. rmbtowner says:

    Interesting. I’m thinking he was projecting something that happened at home. Great to hear that you and the nurse didn’t embarrass him at the end of the day when she brought the snacks. I feel like I work with some women who would do that.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I wondered if it was a tone thing. Maybe the nurse really was feeling rushed and overwhelmed (and a wee bit irritated) and that’s what the student picked up on.

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