Thursday, November 1, 2012

Friday Fragments: Episode #221

Mommy's Idea

Welcome to Friday Fragments, where a grade of "Incomplete" feels perfectly wonderful.
Collect the random bits and pieces of your week that never made it into posts of their own
and share them in a post that feels like an accomplishment :)

***As I publish this, Kendall and Maren are rocking out to a concert by the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Milwaukee. I feel confident that that experience will go down as Maren's most unforgettable while a student here in the U.S. It's her favorite band, and the girl lives in band t-shirts. Kendall is going as a friend and will certainly have a good time, but she is most excited about her own lifetime achievement: scoring tickets to the Maroon 5 concert in April.

***My weekend is going to be super-full! Concert Thursday. "Friday Fun Night" at the middle school, a trip to Minneapolis Saturday. With any luck, Sunday will truly be a day of rest.

***Speaking of Minneapolis, Kendall has been accepted for admission to her first-pick college, the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities!  They've invited her to a Women in Science and Technology thingy, and that's where we're going on Saturday. So exciting!

***Uncle Ray's potato chip bags have some charming stories printed on the back of them. Last week, I bought my first bag and enjoyed reading about a lesson Ray had learned as a boy. One of the themes he learned from that particular experience resonated with me as a message I wish my students would learn:  Wanting something does not mean you're entitled to it.

***A tweet I posted on Wednesday:

Just enlightened a six grade science student about the fact that she does not pee AND poop from her anus. (I don't get paid enough.)

If that left you a little speechless, imagine how I felt when I explained simply that the anus "keeps your poop from falling out of your body," and she chirped, "And your pee, too!"  Gotta love the Human Body unit...

***Speaking of school, today, a student trying to think of the year her grandma was born said, "1964" and I called her out, pointing out that I was born in 1963 and in no way could be old enough to be the grandma of a 12-year-old. Guess what? Her grandma is 49. Wow. (Yes, I regretfully apologized.)

That's it for me!  Here's the Linky for your Friday Fragmenting pleasure:


  1. I saw RHCP in Chicago in '85. They were good! (I met them in their dressing room too, but that's another story. An innocent one.)

    This week we had conferences and one of "my moms" asked me how old my son is, and when I replied 26, she said, "Oh, he's my age." This is not as bad as on my 40th birthday, many years ago, the kids shared their parents' ages, and one of my fifth graders said, "My mom is 23!" True story.

    Sad math.

  2. I have a pee and poop comment in my frags this week too... not as enlightening as yours though ;-)

  3. Oh goodness, gma at 49. I guess she can keep up with her grandkids right?

    Kids do say the darndest things!!

    I always wanted to hit a Def Leppard concert :-( That dates me, right?

    I hope you get your day of rest!!

  4. You're right, you don't get paid enough!

  5. My first grandchild was born before I turned 50. If you get a chance browse by and grade my FF assignment. thanks for hosting

  6. Did you see the Red Hot Chili Pipers on my blog a while back - bag pipers who rock out.

    Our daughter Korie (pictured in my ff post today) went to a Maroon Five concert and was delivered a note from the lead singer inviting her to his trailer. She FOOLISHLY went. Thank GOD for her boyfriend at the time (now her hubby) who went STRAIGHT there and rescued her. Make sure your girls know the dangers of that kind of invite.

    I used to do birth certificates in a "backwoods" hospital in a state far from here. I did one for the first baby of a 12 year old child whose mother, the grandmother, was 28. I kid you not.

  7. Congratulations to Kendall! So wonderful to get her first choice college! You are right, you don't get paid enough!

  8. Congratulations Kendall. It is a wonderful feeling to get the first choice college. You are funny Mrs4444, and like Lisleman, if you get the chance please grade my FF too. I have downloaded or it is uploaded my entire brain :)

    And this is oceangirl, I would love to use my full real name but there's that bit of cautionary feeling.

    Hi Mrs4444 :)

  9. Congrats to Kendall! That's wonderful news!

    Working in the inner city...yeah, some grandmas aren't much older than me and I'm 36! I have to be careful what I say!

  10. Maroon 5?!!!! OMG! I am SoooOO jealous!
    Congratulations to Kendall. :)
    It's funny about the 6th grader. My 15 year old still comes up with questions the dumbfound me.
    Have a good weekend!

  11. Joining in for the first time today. Always enjoy reading them so decided it was time to join in.

    Oh, my a 49 year old Grandmother of a 12 year old. Unbelievable! I'll be 70 before I have a 12 year old grandchild. Mercy!

    And, oh, the things that you teachers often have the "privilege" of explaining. :o)

    Blessings for a wonderful weekend!

  12. Congrats to Kendall! I hope she'll love the Cities! This weekend and later on as well.

    And the Granny thing? Mind-boggling, but not everyone's life includes advanced education, but some children are being raised by children it seems. Actually, that explains some things as well.

  13. How exciting for Kendall!! My Granddaughter Allyson hasn't heard from Arizona State...yet[I think its too far away:(] but she has heard from her 2nd and 3rd choice. Allyson is 17 now and guess what?? When she was 12 I was 49. I was 17 when I had her mother. My daughter Joan was 21 when Allyson was born. That really blows my mind when I think of 17- year- olds today and Allyson being 17. Thank God all that girl thinks about is playing college softball!!! I wouldn't recommend being a teen mom to anyone. I was extremely blessed with lots of support and was able to continue my education.
    It is kind of amazing that the 3 generations of us all enjoyed a Miranda Lambert concert together.
    You most certainly do not get paid enough..omgoodness!!
    I don't think we have Uncle Rays chips here. I'll have to keep an eye out for them.
    I hope your Sunday is a true day of rest...
    I would like to see RHCP.

  14. ALL of my peers in Honduras (in our project area) are grandparents. I am not even a bio-mom, but they still love me. I am glad I didn't have to 'splain that bio-wonder to that students. Some moments are worth skipping in the gloried career of the educator.

  15. I love RHCP but I'd be more excited for Maroon 5! Congrats to Kendall is University of Minn far from home? Have fun at Mall of Am.

  16. Yay for Kendall!!!!!! and yay for me who finally did a Friday Fragment for the first time in a long time!! Have a great weekend :)

  17. My neighbor was a grandma before she turned 40. I'm looking forward to being a grandma but not Neil my 50's.

  18. WOOHOOO KENDALL! WTG, girl!!!!! :D

    LOL about the anus thing, but (TMI WARNING) when I have an upset stomach, I *do* pee out of my anus. Seems like it, anyway. :\

    Please, God, do not make me a grandmother before my children are fully grown, educated, and... well, I was going to say "married," too, but times they are a-changin'!

  19. Congratulations Kendall! That is wonderful news.

    I nearly snorted coffee out my nose that the anus comment, what are we teaching our children these days.

  20. Yay for Kendall getting into her first choice. You have done a great job as a mom.

    That is a life lesson many people have totally missed: Wanting something does not mean you are entitled to it.

  21. I had a kid tell me that my breath smelled like his grandmothers'. What does that even mean? I said that I'd better get a mint, and he said, "no, it doesn't smell bad, it just smells like my grandma."


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