10 year old Dylan’s story:
I recently picked up my 10 year old daughter at school and this is the story she told me….
“At recess, we were playing on the playground and all of a sudden it started to rain. And not just a little rain but tons and tons of rain. And we were under the sun shade but that didn’t do anything to stop the water. And we were all trying to escape the rain by ducking under slides but it really wasn’t working because it’s a sun shade, not a rain shade. They really should put up rain shades. And the rain did not stop. We finally had to run back to the school and we all got soaking wet.”
<Takes big breath and keeps going.>
“When we got inside, we had to take off our shoes and socks. But they knew we couldn’t go back to class because we were all wet and we would be freezing. So there was a religious school near by and they had all these brand new t-shirts and they loaned us the shirts. We all put on the t-shirts. We are supposed to return the shirt tomorrow washed with a thank you note.”
My husband Rick’s story:
This is how my husband (a TV news anchor) would tell the same story…
Exactly like Dylan – as if he was filling air time for a breaking news story and at the end he would say, “We have to take a quick break but when we return, find out if the t-shirts actually got returned with thank you notes! And our reporter checks in with the children to find out how they are adjusting to life after this dramatic rainstorm.”
This is how I would tell the rain story….
“There was a big rain storm at Dylan’s school during recess and Dylan’s class got drenched. The religious school kindly loaned them t-shirts. So please, for the love of laundry, someone help me remember to wash this shirt and return it tomorrow. And Dylan, you need to write a thank you note. And oh my gosh, we still haven’t written your birthday thank you notes and your birthday was a month ago!! Can someone remind me of that too? I wrote a reminder note but I think it’s under two week’s worth of mail.”
This is how 7-year-old Summer would tell the rain story…
“I’m hungry. Did you bring any food for me? Can we stop for frozen yogurt?”
This is how 4-year-old Chase would tell the rain story…
At recess, the rain came shooting down from the sky and Dylan and all her friends got all wet. So they took swords and battled the rain until the pirates came and put them in a big ship and sailed them back to their class.
This is how 4-year-old Harlowe would tell the rain story…
Dylan and her friends got all wet at recess and then – MOMMY, TOMORROW WHEN I GO TO SCHOOL AND I BRING MY DRAWING OF A RAINBOW AND SHOW IT TO MY FRIEND OLIVIA AND THEN WHEN I GET HOME FROM SCHOOL CAN I PUT IT ON MY WALL?!
This is how 1 1/2 year old Cash would tell the rain story…
Clearly, Cash knows how to be succinct. I love that in a kid.