Teach The Kids: A special post from Dad

Early the other morning as I was getting ready for work, I found myself, as I often do, tying my tie in front of the bedroom closet mirror. Just as I was wrapping up, I heard a little voice choke out, “What are you doing daddy?” I turned around to see a bleary-eyed Ellie clambering into bed beside Christine – something that has become a bit of a morning ritual in our house. I told her that I was getting ready to go to work. Perched on my pillow she replied with her standard “Why?” to which I responded with my pat reply “To teach the kids.” But this time it seems Ellie was ready for me, for she quickly snapped “Again?! Haven’t they learned yet?” I couldn’t help but to burst out laughing, not really certain as to whether this was a criticism of the students willingness/ability to learn or an indictment of my pedagogical technique. Wiping a tear from my eye, I asked her, “Okay, Smartie; what can you teach the kids?” Ellie looked straight at me and said “I can teach them funny faces” and instantly began running through her repertoire of funny faces that she would teach “the kids”. And for the record, they were hysterical. I had to applaud her efforts and assured her that she would indeed make a great teacher some day. It’s humbling getting shown up by a three year old, even if she is the cutest thing I’ve ever met.
By Matt Kavanagh

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