|Collin & Alan Sitomer at ALAN in Chicago, Nov 2011|
The topic wasn't quite the same, thank goodness. No "woodies" or "Eiffel Towers shining their lights on Paris", but, yet again, it was language lesson 101: bathroom edition.
Before I had a son, I thought boys were born knowing this stuff! I had to draft the story--capture the slice. It was just too funny to pass up after a long day preparing for my first formal observation under Florida's new teacher evaluation system (metaphors abound, but I'm holding it). Lessons about words and language come from places I'd never anticipate and though this is a lesson I'd never replicate in school, I had to write it. If a little bathroom humor doesn't offend, go ahead and listen in.
|Image credit: http://dft.ba/-stoolie|
"Uhh,a what?" Really? I'm thinking, stools. Why is it always me? Where's the hubby when I fall into these language traps! Rembering previous conversations with my fifth grader about pieces and parts, I realize that he probably doesn't know what he's saying.
"Yeah! You put your finger on it and it tells you what number two you're going to do," he replies laughing.
"Well," I know I have to seize the moment, but I hesitate. I plunge ahead with, "You know, stool is another name for bowel movement." Cringing as the black beans plop into the serving bowl, I look up to assess the situation.
"What? No way! I did not even know that!" my son replies laughter lighting his voice. Really? Aren't boys born knowing? I hide what I'm thinking as best I can and continue in my objective "Dr. Ruth-esque" mode.
"Yep, stool means something you can sit on but it also means, you know poop-like the scat you saw at the Environmental center, but, like, the human version," I'm on a roll and my audience starts giggling. "You know, it's the medical word for crap, poop. The turd in the toilet..."
"The lumpy log! Bum gravy! Crack missile! Slippery snake! Ha! That's what Jose had after he scanned his finger. Stool scanner-ha-I get it! Can I get the app?"
Really? Yep. There's an app for that.