We're studying "The Human Body" in 6th grade science these days, and let me tell you, it's very entertaining. We've learned all kinds of vocabulary, such as esophagus, sphincter, and colon. We've talked about digestion in the stomach, intestinal gas, and other "things" related to the tail-end of digestion.
Question Boy (as his Spanish teacher calls him) is a very insightful, inquisitive, freckle-faced lad who often daydreams and comes up with some very unique questions. Today was no exception. Following instruction on the word "feces," Question Boy asked quietly and sincerely,
"Mrs.4444, ya know how 'N.C.A.A.' stands for some basketball thing and how sometimes letters stand for stuff?"
"What does 'POOP' stand for?"
Quickly judging from my facial expression that he had probably taken a detour down Ridiculous Road, he added sheepishly, "Or does it not stand for anything?"
Unfortunately, I was unable to come up an appropriate comeback on the fly, nor have I come up with anything since.
Today (just in time for Thanksgiving) we will learn more about the word "anus." I can hardly wait!"