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My Look- Alikes

I taught elementary art for twelve years. In that time, I met all kinds of children. Since I taught art, I had every child in the school. Towards the end of my teaching career, I got a 4th grade boy that was new to the town and new to our school. He was a good looking kid and full of self-confidence. On his first day in my room, I was introducing myself and asking him about himself. As we were talking he said, "Hey. were you the girl in Planet of the Apes?" I don't think he was trying to be rude or smart. I looked him in the eye and said, "yes, I was in that movie." He was amazed-thrilled. After the students got started on their art I leaped over to the computer and found this beautiful ape girl. If that did not boost my self esteem, I don't know what would. Ha! I printed this picture, took it over to him and he said,"cool!" He looked the picture over and then he looked me over. I told him that no, I was not in that movie but I guess we sorta look alike. He said, "yes, its the hair and mouth and eyes."
I have held on to this picture for the last eight or so years. Every time I see it I laugh.

The other week, Sarah Kate was on her changing table. She looked at this elephant painting across the room and said, "it's you mama!' I said, "do I look like that elephant?"
She said, "YES!"
Last night I went into her room to take this picture. She said, You taking a picture of yourself mama?"

Oh well, what can I say?

Comments

kim_brough said…
This is really neither here nor there, but I've always been curious and I don't know anybody who does it.... when your girls get older, like in middle school, high school, or once they are out of the house, will you go back to work?
Lauren said…
Bwahahaha!!!!! I soooooooooo needed this laugh today, haha!!!
Ashley said…
That is too funny!! Kids say the darndest things!!
janet said…
I think I would definitely have Sarah Kate's eyesight checked---FAST!!!
Shelly said…
I have never posted but could not resist...I was laughing out loud when I read this. Ahh the joys of children! Have a good day!
stacey said…
funniest thing ever... but you are way to pretty to look like them :)
Anita said…
Out of the mouth of babes...
Jess :) said…
Those stories BOTH crack me up!!!! :) They also remind me of what happened in my classroom today...

we were reading "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" during read aloud and the author introduced one of the characters as being "lumpy." Well, we stopped and talked about what that meant and what other words mean the same. Anyway, I made a (little) joke about myself being lumpy and the class erupted saying, "NO WAY. YOU ARE NOT LUMPY OR FAT. NOT EVEN CLOSE!" Then, in the middle of dead silence (right after they got done yelling that) one little boy said, "Well, maybe you are just a little bit."

Yep, that made my day! ;) Only, I was bummed I couldn't say, "Well, honey, thank you for being honest, but you see...not everyone looks like your mom who has been a NEGATIVE 2 her entire life. Sweet boy, I forgive you, for that's really all you know about being lumpy (or a major LACK thereof) and have grown up with!" :) :)

Gotta love those "kid comments!"
Jennifer said…
You are hilarious!! I cannot wait to see you at Kelly's recitial.
Kellie said…
I rarely comment on blogs, but, I am laughing as I write this. I love people who can laugh at themselves and combined with dry wit....perfection! Thank you for the smile today! So funny!
Hillary said…
Don't forget about the snowman ornament. Didn't Emily say it looked like you?
I for one think you're one foxy lady. Although I did see some Baboons on tv a couple nights ago and said to Josh, "there's Laurie." He looked at me like I was crazy and mean!
I laughed so hard at this that tear were in my eyes! My goodness, that is hilarious!!!! This year, one of my students was giving an example from history to discuss something that happened in our novel, and she began with, "Back in the ancient time, like in 1970 . . ." I almost died trying not to smile since that was the year I was born! Gotta love teaching! I laugh every single day!
I about peed on myself from laughing. Thats crazy! You don't look like either but that was a great laugh for me on this insane day.
Kim said…
I remember you telling me the Plant of the Apes story over a big bowl of salsa and chips. I think I laughed myself out of the booth!!! Kids are so funny!!
I think you are beautiful!!
Faith said…
Oh my word, you crack me up!!
waikikimum said…
Laurie I have read and enjoyed your blog for a while now but never commented. Today I need to comment - you made me laugh sooo hard. That is the funniest story ever!!!!! Thanks for making my day.
Ashley said…
Hahahaha!! That is so funny!! Gotta love kids! Always there to pick you up! Ha!
Michelle said…
Oh my gosh, Laurie, this is quite possibly the most hysterical post EVER. I literally have tears running down my cheek from laughing so hard. My husband came up to see if I was okay. ;)

Ahh, laughter IS the best medicine. Thank you!
Kelly said…
That is hilarious!!!!! You do not look like a monkey or an elephant.
You know H pointed at the TV and said "momma" when she saw Anna Nicole Smith. That was not a compliment either.
Anonymous said…
This is why I love children!
Kelly said…
You are hilarious!! Thanks for a good chuckle and keeping it light - I needed both at this very moment :)
Unknown said…
you are too funny, I bet you always have everyone cracking up. Your girls are TOO CUTE! xo
Nancy said…
That is hilarious - you & I would get along great :) I've been asked if I was prego several times when I wasn't - gotta love that, too.
Tara G. said…
I'd totally laugh out loud, but it's nap time!!!!!!!

Ok, so I have an art question for you- can you recommend a book (that I can buy online) that has a lot of pictures- not too terribly wordy (because she knows little English)- and would be good for an elementary art teacher? We have an artist that comes to the house to teach the children each week and she also teaches young children in a school; I thought it'd be a fun thing to gift her with at Christmas.

mrsyellowhat at yahoo dot com
cwhaley78 said…
THAT IS SO FUNNY! MY SON WHO IS 3 I WAS ROCKING HIM A FEW WEEKS AGO. HE TOLD ME I WAS "FLUFFY"!!!
Jan said…
HIlarious! I teach 7th grade and I have heard some doosies, but I think your story beats ANY of mine. LOVE that you told him you really were in the movie. I would So do that same, only I'm not sure I would tell him the difference so fast. HeeHee. You DO NOT look like either- especially the elephant. I bet the elephant is her favorite picture and that is why she thinks of you.
Anonymous said…
this.is.HILARIOUS!!!!!! :)
Anonymous said…
So funny, Laurie!! Out of the mouth of babes...
Melissa Miller said…
Laurie oh my you so funny! Thank you for the morning laugh over coffee. You are beautiful by the way. *Smiles*
Laura Burciaga said…
LOL LOL LOL!!!! This post made me seriously crack up, out loud!!!!! Thank you for your vulnerability so that we could get a good chuckle!! Gotta love kids and their brutal honesty! BTW, you do not look like either one!
Everday Edwards said…
Laurie, You always make me smile!!

Jaimi
Yoli said…
That was sooooo funny! You are such a good sport. I have my share of that in my house too. I play Words with Friends with my 11 year old son. One night I played the word "hag". When he played back, he also commented. His comment said "When I saw the word Hag, I thought of you." Nice. But what can I say? Bahahahahaha!!!
I also loved the post about how Emily was just looking at the "beautiful wall" when her sisters eye got cut! So precious! Keep blogging!!
Krista said…
That is so funny! When I was a substitute teacher, I had a fourth grader ask me if I played Nala in The Lion King! He said I looked just like her!

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