A month ago or so Conner came home from school and started asking what some expressions were, sayings like "If you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen". Or, "The early bird gets the worm", things like that. So I'm giving him a few of these examples off the top of my head, casual-like while I'm in the kitchen making dinner, until he gives me the wave off and tells me he gets the idea. Of course, the thought occurred to me that, as a kid who spent the last three years in a non-English school system and who isn't a voracious reader, he really wouldn't have the occasion to know many of these.
I didn't give our "conversation" much thought until he came home with this assignment. As promised, here is the next installment of "Life Is Good". Conner explained to me that he didn't concern himself with learning traditional quotes because the teacher told them they could just make them up.
You don't say. All things considered, I think he's got something going here.
"Life Is Good" by Conner
Always take small sips of hot liquids, I learned this from my burnt tongue.
Never look in a mean dogs eye, you come home looking like a poor kid.
Don't pull on a cat's tail, you'll never see them again.
Don't joke about bombs in an airport, the security will get you before you know it.
Never run with your shoelace untied, your knees and elbows will hate you for quite a while.
If you don't like fire don't go in the kitchen, you can ask my grandma.
Don't try to trick your parents, they have eyes on the back of their heads.
Don't talk to strangers, you might end up someplace odd.
Don't jump in the pool if you don't know how to swim, you can ask my 2 year old brother.
If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all, it's not a good way to make friends.
March 30, 2012
1 year ago