Music and Words

November 5, 2009


Filed under: Words — melomania @ 11:02 pm

I work with kids. Let’s just go ahead and get that cleared up now. I love the kids, but sometimes (like today) they drive me up the wall. I actually had one tell me “not to speak to her that way” after I got sick of repeating myself 20 times (among other things I was getting sick of watching her do) and let my irritation creep into my voice.

And ooh, that was bad. See, I was raised knowing that if I had told my mother that, I wouldn’t have lived to see tomorrow. I have to admit, I’m still a little shocked at how some of these kids speak to their parents, siblings, and teachers. I know I should get over it, and I’m sure I will, but for now, I have a weapon.

I looked at this kid with my eyes wide and one eyebrow raised, and said “Excuse me?” That was all it took. She insisted that she was “just kidding” and walked away rather quickly and without another word to me.

The lesson: they really do understand that not everyone lets them get away with it. Also, I probably inherited a lot more of my mother than I initially thought.



  1. I’m with you on this one. I’ve spent my career working with children in one capacity or another and I’ve got “the look” down. Sometimes I am blown away but things that kids think they can say to adults. The lack of respect is incredible. I am so thankful to have had parents that didn’t mess around and taught us appropriate manners. It surprises me sometimes how people question why their keeps don’t pull any crap with me. It’s only because I don’t let them. Great post!

    Comment by Junket — November 6, 2009 @ 4:18 pm

    • I know! I saw it when I was a lifeguard too-they ignore their parents yelling at them to stop running but when the lifeguard does it, they freeze. I’m so glad my parents never let me get away with that crap.

      Comment by Stephanie Bowyer — November 8, 2009 @ 12:18 am

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