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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fairies are in our midst

Today I was at the school helping some first grade students who are struggling with their spelling and grammar. I was dictating sentences and spelling words and then checking each student's work and helping them correct their errors. As I leaned over to help a student I was unaware that the child sitting next to him was also looking over the child's work... until I heard him comment:


"Oh, man! The f**k-up fairy was all over your paper!
You got 'em all wrong."

The child had made quite a few mistakes, but I don't know that I would've phrased it quite like that. Of course, I pulled him aside and we talked about it. He didn't know it was a bad word (and I really believe him). He was contrite. I asked him where he'd heard that phrase and he replied that last night his dad was trying to fix a neighbor's car. His father had his head under the hood and announced:

"Man, the f**k-up fairy has been all over this car."

I guess I should give him points for using the statement in the right context.

50 comments:

Charlotte said...

I would have guessed it was a parent even before he answered your question.

Tammy Howard said...

We are sort of on the same page today...

Of all the fairies that could be out there, that's the one that sees fit to visit me most often. sigh.

Susie said...

Those darned kids! You really have to watch what you say every minute, don't you?

msprimadonna67 said...

Oh man, I don't know if I could have kept myself from laughing out loud! Of course I would have pulled him aside to talk to him, but I'm sure I would have had to regain my composure first.

Tina said...

Oh boy! Well, at least he used it the right way!

Lindy said...

My worst fear! "Where'd you hear that?" - "Mom."

The horror.

Yaya said...

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! Thanks for the laugh!

Undercover-Princess said...

He is a very bright boy!! :) :) A child after my own heart!

Tiffany @ Paging Doctor Mommy said...

Oh man, I don't know if I would have been able to have kept a straight face when it happened! That is priceless! I may have to use that line myself sometime!

Tsquared417 said...

That is priceless! I was at the park the other day and a little girl said to her dad: "Daddy, we don't say the f'ing part of that, do we?" I thought the Dad was going to die of embarrassment!!

The Blonde Duck said...

LOL! I have never heard of that particular fairy!

i am the diva said...

that will be my child....

WhisperingWriter said...

And that is why I explain to my husband why he has to watch his language around the kids.

Actually, I have to remind myself the same thing if I'm being perfectly honest..

D said...

Talk about censorship. I'm guessing that's not the first time that student has heard language like that.

CynthiaK said...

I just knew there was a book missing from the Fairy series. That particular fairy was totally overlooked. KathyB, I think it's your job to get that book written.

That was brilliant!

passionsandsoapboxes.com said...

Saw that coming. Everyone just loves a critic.

Grand Pooba said...

Oh that is priceless! I would love to be the one to tell his parents what he had said!

Mary K Brennan said...

What a coincidence. That same fairy visited me while I tried to cook dinner the other night. Sure gets around town!

ck said...

My dad's fav. was f*ckface. He and vacuum went back and forth a lot so it was no surprise (to me) when it was the first phrase my little brother said. My poor mom.

Megryansmom said...

Ha the f**k up fairy! Love it, I think she's to blame for a lot of things that happen to me.

Sturgmom said...

What a cute figurine *that* would make!

The good news is that obviously this child has no trouble learning vocaublary and applying it in the appropriate context.

lizspin said...

I guess the little apple doesn't fall far from the tree, now does he???

for a different kind of girl said...

I will now be doing everything in my power not to use that phrase myself!

Kate said...

What some kids say... I bet you were kind of shocked. Probably good you told him it was a swear word.

Kristina P. said...

I have never heard that term! It is pretty funny.

Pop and Ice said...

Way to support a classmate, dude! I'd never heard of that particular fairy until today, but I'm sure not to forget it and use it at some totally inappropriate time!

ScoMan said...

It's incredible how quickly kids learn.

My mum is often scolding my brother for the language he uses in front of his daughter. She's just starting to speak now and I think mum would hate to have to explain to her that there are some words daddy uses that daughter can't.

Jen said...

Nice.
Why is it that they always seem to hear the words that they are not suppose to hear?

Missy said...

I can't help it! That is funny! The f**k-up fairy! LMAO~

Kat said...

Whats that saying ......
Kids say the darnedest things

Personally I think you handled it perfectly - I on the other hand would have busted out laughing - which is why I decided teaching was NOT my profession of choice, thankfully I decided that BEFORE I went to college and made a drastic change of career choices my senior year in high school :D

Lynnette Labelle said...

LOL Too funny. As the mom of young twins, I realized pretty fast that just because they don't seem to be listening doesn't mean they aren't!

Lynnette Labelle
http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

That is just way too funny for words!! :)

My hubby used to drop the 'F' bomb too much for my comfort level - it was after having a child that he finally realized it's not a good idea, considering how sponge-like they are...luckily he stopped well before Princess Nagger's language was formulated - she did pick up 'Sh*t' from Grammy Joyce who was mortified at her contribution... ;) And luckily Princess Nagger stopped saying that well before she started school... ;)

Juls said...

OMG-I was in a first grade classroom, but there were no fairies present, ...or none that I heard of, THANK GOD! :)

Ink said...

Ha ha ha ha ha!

I know some times swear words slip out, but it bothers me when I hear parents say it regularly (like I've heard my neighbor say to his kids a number of times, "Go pick up your *shit*").

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Was that my child?

That is too funny! I may or may not need to remember that one.

Kristen said...

haha, I love that!! we need to watch what we say with children around!

faemom said...

LOL That is some creative usage of language there. I've never heard of an f-up fairy. Do you ever just sigh and roll your eyes/

Nydia said...

LMAO!!! I love this! I know I'm not supposed to laugh when kids curse but initially it's really very funny ...

My son has heard me say the "F" word ... but swears I'm saying "fruck" (like "truck") ... I can't stop saying it now ... I say "fruck this" instead of "f**k this", etc. ...

Kid's! They're the best!

And so are you ... thanks for checking out my blog and leaving such funny comments!

Laoch of Chicago said...

My grammar has been atrocious recently. I better stop by your class for a refresher and some cookies.

K said...

Well, context is very important.

Sounds like you handled it well.

Gibby said...

How did I miss this post?

OMG, how did you not laugh?? We have 50-some fairy books in this house, and unfortunately (or fortunately, not sure which) none of them have the f**k-up fairy. Sadly, that is the book that would most likely be the most interesting!

evenshine said...

[siiiiiiiiiighhhhhhhhhh]

That's me geriatrically sighing for the future of this earth, which will be inhabited by the fairies formerly mentioned.

peewee said...

ohhhh man. I am SO using that in as many sentences as possible! All day today. THANKS!!!!!

Riddle Girl said...

My daughter is so in to Tinkerbell and all of her friends right now. I think this must be the friend that lives on the "wrong" side of Pixie Hollow. That is why she doesn't have a book deal yet!

Ter said...

Here from YaYa's blog where she featured you.... lol, the f'd up fairy, that's kinda funny! Though I do belive that fairy has been visiting my house a little too much lately. I'd like to squash her!

:)

Zeemaid said...

*lol* I can't believe what people come up with.

Hillbilly Duhn said...

Oh how funny!! Not so funny when you have company and you're all sittin on the front porch, when your five year old and twelve year old get into it and the five year old walks over to his brother kicks him in his butt and says, "T, you are such an ass. Now just sit there and don't do f**cken anything! And leave me ALONE!" Emphasize alone with blood curdling scream.

Yeah, um, yikes.

The Rambler said...

KATHY!!!

This was PERFECT!

Thank you for your funny today :)

Banteringblonde said...

Nice! I've never heard that phrase before but I quite like it!

Sapphire said...

Hilarious! I can hear him saying it in my head...almost empathetically. Just like his dad said to the other guy.
Too funny! But 1st grade! Yikes!!!