Thursday, November 03, 2005

I had ten, 4 and 5 year old boys in my Architecture and Building class today which means of course when you teach them about design they WRESTLE. When you read them a book they WRESTLE. And when you do anything that does not involve direct eye contact they try to hit each other on the head.

I am a teacher who knows when she is out numbered, also how much sugar a forty pound body can really hold the week of Halloween. So the class built me a hook, the class made me an eye patch and for an hour in the field behind the art school, I dragged one foot behind the other. I cried “If I catch you I’m going to eat you.”

At the end, E. who reads almost as well as I do, who told me today he wants to grow up and be a target said, “icka chi raya” and I said, “WHAT?” He then head rammed me and yelled, “ICKA CHI RAYA...in my language that means I love you.”

"Oh" I said, "in my language that means, do you want juice?" Then the boys and I had juice while riding home on a ship.

8 comments:

Pirooz M. Kalayeh said...

Icka Chi Raya, sounds good me.

Suzanne said...

I love you too! xo

early hours of sky said...

I had to go have martinis last night on Moscow on the Hill b/c the poor little buggers wore me out so bad. It is the grownup apple juice;)

Radish King said...

This is wonderful writing and makes me miss my 4th and 5th graders. They're 5th and 6th graders this year and I don't even know how tall they've grown. I wish you would pound this into a poem.

Richard said...

I still wrestle. It's so good to be a boy.

early hours of sky said...

Well dear Rebecca if it makes you feel any better Olivia is in a 5th and 6th grade room. Every time I make her stand up to practice the violin she says, “Oh that Rebecca Loudon.” Plus they really enjoyed the crazy clown pictures. Some day we are going to descend on you for the fire and wine you always promise;)

early hours of sky said...

Richard

It is also good to be a pirate girl;) We wrestle too.

Richard said...

Do you know where most pirates live? AARRRgentina, specifically in Buenos AARRRes.