Carpool talk. Or, the longest three miles of my life.

I pick up my daughter and her friend, Chase, from preschool two days a week.  The trip is less than three miles, however in that brief span of time I hear some pretty interesting things.

Here is an example.

Me <in a chipper voice>:  So what was the best part of preschool today guys?

Chase:  Playing outside on the playground!  First we were Jedis and then we turned into orange cats like on Milo and Otis!

Eden:  Yeah, I liked being a Princess Amidala kitty.  But I also liked singing time.

Me:  What song did you learn?

Chase and Eden singing together: “Flaaaaag of Amerrrricaaaa!  Red, white, and bluuuuuuue!”

Me <wincing from the high decibel count>:  Wow, that’s patriotic and…….loud, isn’t it?

Eden: Yeah, Ms. Lisa always says to sing your best.  Look!  There’s a red car!  Car starts with “C!”

Chase:  There’s another red car!  And another!

Eden:  There are so many red cars!  And a white car.  And a blue car!

Chase and Eden sing together:  “Flaaaaag of Amerrrricaaaa!  Red, white, and bluuuuuuue!”

Me, in an attempt to stop the singing:  So did you guys have a Bible story today?

Eden:  Yeah.  It was about how Jesus healed 10 leprechauns and only one came back to thank Him.

Chase excitedly:  They were sick with leprchaunsy or leopardsy or something and that makes your skin sick and it can fall all the way off your body!

Eden:  I don’t want to get sick like that.  No way.

Chase:  Look a flag!

Chase and Eden sing together:  “Flaaaaag of Amerrrricaaaa!  Red, white, and bluuuuuuue!”

Me <with ringing ears>:  So what letter did you talk about today?

Eden:  The letter “m.”  M makes a mmmmmm sound.  Like mop.  And money.

Chase:  Monkey starts with M.  <Chase then proceeds to demonstrate a eerily accurate monkey sound.>  And map starts with M.

Eden:  But not flag, that starts with an F sound.

Chase and Eden sing together:  “Flaaaaag of Amerrrricaaaa!  Red, white, and bluuuuuuue!”

Me <over the sound of singing>:  So did anything else happen in preschool?

Eden: Well….David didn’t listen to the teacher again.

Chase <in a scandalized voice>: Yeah, she told him to sit down and he didn’t!

Eden <in a tone that borders on admiration>:  He was so naughty.

Me <knowing that David suffers from ADHD>:  Well, sometimes kids have so much energy in their body that it makes it hard for them to follow the teacher’s instructions all the time.

Chase <consideringly>:  Well…..I don’t think so.  Look! There’s another flag!

Chase and Eden sing together:  “Flaaaaag of Amerrrricaaaa!  Red, white, and bluuuuuuue!”

Me <weakly>:  Wow.  There are just so many flags in this neighborhood.  How….patriotic.  Oh look Chase here’s your house.  You should run inside and sing that lovely song for your mom.  Several times.

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4 Responses to Carpool talk. Or, the longest three miles of my life.

  1. thefoodcharlatan says:

    leprchaunsy. awesome.

  2. I’ve taught kid’s church for years. Once, after teaching the same story that you referenced above, a mother asked me, “What excactly was the lesson on the other day.”

    When I told her, she broke into a smile and said, “My daughter had a different take on it. She said that she couldn’t quite remember what animals Jesus had healed, but she was pretty sure they were cheetahs.”

    Lepers…. cheetahs…. same difference when you’re five.

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