I confess that I hadn’t really been looking forward to it very much, but I had forgotten that a sense of humor makes everything immensely better.
One of the things that I thought might be unpopular was our new creative writing endeavor, so we started off ve-e-ery gradually. It began today with the instruction to write just one excellent sentence.
I showed them this picture, and asked each one to write a sentence about it.
Two of them turned in nice sentences that talked about the plodding horse and the fiery sky.
Then my 14 year old son, a very reluctant writer, turned in his sentence. It read:
And then he shot the horse.
Well, what would you do?
I laughed, of course. In fact, I chuckled about it off and on for the rest of the day. He is so incredibly offbeat and it usually catches me completely off guard.
Yes, I made him re-do the sentence, and he did an excellent sentence the second time. But I have to be grateful to him for a good laugh when I needed it. Teaching some kids is just an adventure.