This little bit of gold happened yesterday and I can’t help but relate it, hopefully you get to laugh half as hard as I did.
Yesterday two of my students came over to visit and one of them brought their little brother (who is elementary school aged) along. We’re sitting around talking and playing Wii Bowling when out of the blue, the young boy asks me, “Do you have a girlfriend?”
Unsure of how much of my personal life I really want to relate to the kids (and by extension, the whole village) I responded, “What do you think.” What followed was a rapid exchange that left me laughing hysterically:
“Why do you think that?”
“Because you’re pretty!”
So there I am, a 23-year old male teacher with two female students and one male student in my apartment hanging out. And one of them tells me I’m pretty. For a split second I could almost feel the news article in the Nome Nugget announcing the end of my teaching career. Then I realized, “I’m in the Bush, he’s an Eskimo, and it’s not the girls saying this, it’s a younger boy – time to clarify.”
So, I did the only thing I could think, I shot him a quizzical stare. Thankfully, he picked up on it.
“Lots of the girls say you’re pretty! Irene, …”
And then, well, then I started laughing so hard that I didn’t catch the rest of the names.
Kids say the darndest things.