My hearing doesn't seem to work so well. (It's all the loud chanting in September.)

The teachers were shouting “Halleluiah” on Friday when the sun finally came out and we were able to have recess. If you haven’t been stuck inside a classroom in the second week of school with 20 five-year olds who NEED TO RUN, then you haven’t lived. For realz.

The four teachers were walking the perimeter of the playground as children ran and laughed and hooted and hollered. There are about 80 children this year and while some of them are siblings on ones we’ve had in class, many are new to our school. We love to spend time at recess getting to know the children in the other classrooms, and encouraging the children to befriend other children in the other kindergarten rooms. (We're one big happy family.)

I was walking with Ms. Perky when one of her darlings ran up to us out of breath. He wanted to know how much recess time was left, and she told him. (Not enough) She called him Will, and I thought he looked vaguely familiar.

“Will, Wait!” I shouted, and he came running back with a smile. “You look just like someone I know! What’s your last name?”

“Yuhm!” he shouted, and ran away.

I watched him run, and turned to Ms. Perky. “Gee, that doesn’t sound familiar.”

She looked at me and laughed. “Seriously? Vodka. His name is Will. Yum. WILLIAM. And you call me a rookie.”

Well played, Ms. Perky. Well played.


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I know this story well. My son Jake was asked his middle name when he was 5. He thought for a moment and announced, "Ub."

Gigi said...

This post made my whole night! Seriously!

Will. Yum! I'll be chuckling over that for days.

Brian Miller said...

hehe...i used to make mt teacher use my middle initial...yep they called me Brian T.

mssharealot said...

Laughing hard! Thanks!

Mellodee said...

Frank's brother, right?? :)


(My word verification for this is "cootied." I wonder what your kids would make of that!!?)

That gentleman's lady said...


ChiTown Girl said...

tee hee hee hee...

Cheryl D. said...


He performs at 8 and 10!

quiltmom anna said...

Thanks for the smile. I can so relate- I have 27 kindergarten students in my class this year and they do make me smile most of the time. What is not to love about 5 year olds..
Regards from western Canada,

Working Mommy said...

HAHAHAHA!!! love it!


Rob-bear said...

Strange little bit of nonsense. Delightful for a heavy, rainy night.

Formerly known as Frau said...

heehee I love it!!

Mrs. E said...

I'm lovin' ms. perky! Watch that one!

Leslie said...

Too funny!

Ron said...

Down here in Houston, the teacher's are having the same problem with recess ...only we need the opposite of sun. It's literally too hot to play outside.

And not that I have it as bad as the teachers do when it comes to antsy kids, but when my stepdaughter gets home from 3rd grade, she's like a gnat on amphetamine!

JoAnna said...

I can't believe it. That's hysterical. And that your first commenter said her son Jacob did the same thing. That is awesome. I remember asking my mother what someone's "real" name was because I didn't like calling her Mrs. whatever it was.

That Janie Girl said...

Freaking awesome!!

Sharon Rose said...

Now that is priceless. Jody's first name is William. He would have done that.

Jane said...

No recess is cruel and unusual punishment...for everyone! Cute story, thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

The thing about being a teacher is, there is always a story to tell at the end of the day! Thank you for sharing yours with this retired teach!!!

Dawn said...

Crack me up!!!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm sitting here smiling and imagining the look on your face when Ms Perky set you straight. What a hoot.

Have you seen Frank???

xo jj

abc said...

This made me laugh. Too funny. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Clever little guy! Hope your school year is off to a grand start!


K Dubs said...

Yum. LOL That's awesome

Shelley said...

Ha ha! As maddening as it can be sometimes working with kids, they reward you tenfold with their wit and charm. There is truly nothing like the sound of kids running out to recess. I've been working on a project turning kid's recess adventures into short video stories to be viewed online just to try to capture it! http://www.RecessStories.com

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