Thursday, October 4, 2012

Funny, Funny Boy

Day 279
I’m online searching for new ideas for random acts.  I won’t lie.  It’s prompted by my friend Matt’s quip of “You do a lot of the same things.” Lately, he’s right. 

I type in “Random Act of Kindness ideas” on Google and within seconds I’m flooded with options.  Isn’t technology grand?  I click through a promising list of 100 and start to peruse.  Done it.  Done it.  Done it.  Done it.  Ahhh.

Here’s something I can work with, I think.  (I won’t tell you all I read because I’m sticking those in my back pocket for another day.  It’s safe to assume singing at a nursing home isn’t going to happen.  Even in a room full of semi-deaf patients, if I’m the singer, I don’t see any kindness in that option.) 

Instead I choose…. 

No, I’m not going to tell you.  I’m going to see if you can figure it out. 

It’s after-school and I’m pawing through the boys’ backpacks, looking for clues on how they spent their day.  After years of school life (and life with boys) I know I need more that their one-word answers to suffice my need for details. 

I pull F.’s vocabulary test from his home folder.  The teacher’s written in neat print letters across the front Great sentences!  I turn the page over to read them for myself. 

That’s when I stop.  Dead.      

“Uhh?  F?” 


“What does this say?” 

Here, I’ll let you take a look.  What do you think it says?  Yeah, me too. 

I’m biting on my lip to keep from busting out laughing.  Great sentences! I think.  Was the teacher having a chuckle and wanted to alert me to the funny? 

“Clench to squeeze tightly.” 

I nod my head slowly.  Yes, of course.  I see it now. 

“Why what did you think it said?” 

“That.  That’s what I thought it said.”  I pull him into me and kiss his head and laugh. Random Act of Kindness Idea #68: Make someone laugh. I hope you’re laughing, too.   


  1. I love it! My heart would have stopped when I first read it. I would have imagined Children's Services appearing on my doorstep. I would have started framing my defense that "No, he didn't not learn that at home."

    Thanks for the chuckle. Your Random Act of Kindness worked.

  2. Juliann, my heart nearly did! I can only imagine the conversation I'm going to be having with my son's teacher at his conference next month! We'll both have a good laugh! Thanks for visiting the blog!