Saturday, 10 September 2011

Oh, that's very different. Never mind

Do you recall Emily Litella played by Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live way back when it was funny? She was forever getting the wrong end of the stick and having a rant and then once corrected became very meek and said, "Oh, that's very different. Never mind." My favourite ones were what's wrong with "new, clear energy" isn't that better than old dirty energy? and what's wrong with "violins" on tv? If we had more clasical music maybe kids wouldn't get into so much trouble.

We had 2 moments yesterday like this so I thought I'd share.

Spiderman: I never would have believed it. there's a tadpole in the Guardian. (hands me newspaper to look at)
Me: (looking in vain at crossword clues for something about a frog) Where?
Spierman: Here (pointing at the puzzle)
Me: Where???
Spiderman (jabbing violently at newspaper) HERE!
Me: What does that have to do with frogs?
Spiderman: WHAT????????????????????

It turns our he didn't say tadpole at all--he said typo. there was a typo in the Guardian. And there was. A glaring one that was easily spotted once I stopped looking for frogs. He kindly drew a small tadpole on the top of the paper so there would be one after all. What a guy.

(you must recall that all of our classes are named after countries).

Me: I can't speak for Scotland or England but I am really impressed that Wales has such a high reading level this year.
Spiderman: that's because they are bilingual.
Me: (thinking that the new Russian boy is in Scotland not Wales)  What do you mean?
Spiderman: because they teach Welsh in schools.
Me: No we don't! We teach French!
Spiderman: (slowly dawning on him  have not been refering to the country of Wales but rather the third section of year 3) Never mind.

This is the story of our lives. At least we can laugh about it.

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