I've just finished reading Phil Done's book, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons From Teaching. His characterizations of his eight year old students are so spot on, I laughed aloud several times while reading the book. One of the funniest chapters, Why? was especially delicious. Here are selected "why's" from this chapter:
Why is the gumball machine in the museum lobby more interesting than the Van Gogh on loan from the Met?
Why don't we grade A, B, C, D, and E?
Why do kids know precisely how many days, hours, and minutes are left till their birthdays but still ask, "When's lunch?"
Why do all the animals decide it's time to make babies when we visit the zoo?
I have my own list of questions cannot answer. Here is a sample:
Why does my daughter have blond hair (when I'm a brown-haird, brown-eyed Filipina)?
Why do my boys have longer eyelashes than me, my husband or their sister?
Why, in my twins' preschool, do they have to share one photo of themselves together on the class bulletin board, when all the other kids get photos of their own?
Why, when I leave the kids with my husband on a Saturday morning, will he say, when I get back, "The kids were good as gold, I don't know why you always say they exhaust you"?
Why do DVD's have a region code programmed into them so that we can only watch DVD's purchased in the US and need to buy another DVD player to watch DVD's we've purchased in England?
Why does my son ask to go potty three times during a half-hour swimming class but goes only once in three hours at home?
Why can't I ever get rid of the jiggly flab around my belly button?
Why can't my husband get himself ready in the mornings in the same time it takes me to get myself and my three kids ready?
Why can my kids go out in subzero temperatures with just a tshirt or frolic in the ice-cold waters of Northern California beaches when their parents and all other grownups are standing by shivering in overcoats?
Why, even though they are identical twins, does Philip have eczema and a birthmark on his left shoulder while James doesn't?
Why are we still occupying Iraq?
Danged if I know. Someone, help me out here. Maybe no-one can answer these questions for me. As Yul Brynner, playing King Chulalongkorn, says in The King and I..... Is....A....Puzzlement!
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