I hesitated to share this conversation that I recently had with a first grader, but it was just too funny – a perfect slice, I think. I did change his name, however.
Having a brief conversation when starting a conference helps me get to know the child a little and hopefully puts them at ease. As Jake approached the table for his conference, I noticed some writing on his T-shirt and thought that might be a good opener.
Me: What’s that on your shirt, Jake?
Jake (pointing proudly): It says My mom is inked and she is awesome.
Me: Oh. She has tattoos?
Jake: Oh yeah. She has a lot! She has bubbles on her (hand down his shirt)…on
her…on her…you know…boobs. And she has a bee on her (pointing to his
bottom)…on her…on her…on her butt. She’s got a butterfly there, too.
Me (thinking I didn’t have to worry about putting him at ease and that we could probably
move on now): Oh, that’s interesting.
Jake: You should get one!
Me: Really? Don’t you think I’m too old?
Jake: No. You can do it!
Me: Hmmm…I’ll have to think about that.
I loved him immediately.