Thursday, June 29, 2006

are you English?

In the middle of one my sessions I looked at this little girl and blurted out,

"Are you English?!"


"Yes, you."

"Um, yeah. My dad is!"

"I knew it!"

And then I went on with the rest of the lesson. Weird, I know.

Afterwards, she came up to me.

"How did you know?"

"Your head."

"My head?"

"Your blond hair, lovely freckles, and your face ... your face just looks English."

That didn't seem to be enough for her. She came back to me a number of times during the younger kids camp and asked how it was I knew.

I've been known to mess with kids heads before ... it just happens ... i don't stop and think ... the words just come out!

"It says so on your forehead."


"Here, I'll show you."

I took the little girl to a mirror.

"See the little blue veins in your forehead. They spell out the word 'English'."


"See the 'E' here?" I traced out an "E" with my finger over a group of veins that very well could resemble a letter "E".


This morning before she left camp I offered to trace out the veins that spelled "English" in ink for her.

I'm just glad I won't be there when she explains to her dad why she has the word "English" written on her forehead.


Nixter said...

Looking very closely at my forehead, by jove I think you are right, maybe I should grab a pen, colour in my veins and then get back to work - wonder what my work colleagues will say. I can travel home on the bus with it on and see what people think. Two years in Oz and some people are having trouble picking my accent, maybe this will help.

Nixter said...

I bet she just loved it, not sure about the folks but hey, like you said you won't be there.

ckhnat said...

make sure you take a picture!!!

Nixter said...

sure will ;)

Now I feel like I need to do it, so I can take a pic and send it to you ;)

mike said...

Just the kind of thing I would have done... I think I was falling fast...