Brace Yourselves

The fourth graders at school all set up shop in the gym for "Market day" as part of their economics unit. They each needed to create a product or provide a service to potential customers. All of us teachers got free money with which to shop around. I made a note to visit the "shop" of each of my resource room fourth graders.

Unfortunately, one was doing face painting, so later on I had to go to the grocery store with a giant smiley face on one cheek and a heart on the other. I got some stares.

One of my other fourth graders was doing palm reading. I thought this was quite ironic, as this is the fella with only one good eye (the other being a prosthetic). He had a bright light and a magnifying glass set up when I handed him my fake money. I don't believe in astrology or palm reading or any such nonsense, but I was very curious to hear what he would come up with because he had been studying the art of palm reading for quite some time.

He looked at my palm and declared that I would live a long life, that I was strong and healthy, and that I was very smart. I begged him to tell me how many kids I would have one day.

"Ummmm... See that line here? and here? That means you're going to have two kids", he said.

"Oh, that's perfect! Two is a great number" I gushed enthusiastically.

"OH NO!" he said quite suddenly.

"What? What's the matter?"

"I have bad news. I don't want to tell you"

"Please tell me" I begged him. "I can handle it!"

He leaned back in his chair and crossed his arms. "No," he said "It's too horrible"

"Really, you can tell me, I can take it! Puh-lease give me the bad news!!" I insisted.

Finally, he leaned forward and said: "See this line here?" [insert very tragic sounding voice] "that means your second child will die at 89!"

Good thing I was already sitting down...

6 comments:

Rebekah said...

oh. my. gosh. hilarious.

Chance said...

Ha! Classic anecdote. The big kids say such bizarre stuff.

Anonymous said...

Only two kids? dad

Anonymous said...

Are you sure he didn't say 8 OR 9...

Sarah said...

That's so cute!!

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I was laughing through this entire thing! My son just finished third grade and did the same economics fair. We were brainstorming and I came up with that same palm reading idea! Unfortunately we live in Utah and we're all Mormons, and I was afraid some mothers would frown on that kind of thing, so we went for gambling instead. He sold mystery bags. Each kid paid for a bag and inside would either be a small piece of candy or a WINNER ticket which would entitle them to choose a prize from his prize basket. He sold out really, really fast.

Going to read your other links now!

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