"I was, in fact, homesick for wildness, and when I found it I knew how intimately - how resonantly - I belonged there. We are charged with this - all of us. For the human spirit has a primal allegiance to wildness, to really live, to snatch the fruit and suck it, to spill the juice." - Jay Griffiths, Wild: an Elemental Journey

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nosey Kid. You're Worse Than My Grandmother.

Conversation with a 3rd grade girl in the bathroom today, over washing our hands:

Her: Are you really leaving the school, Melanie??  Is it true?

Me: Yep.

Her: But why?

Me: I'm moving.

Her: What?!  Do you have a husband?

Me: (confused) No. . .

Her: A boyfriend?

Me: (even more confused) No - what does this have to do with me moving?

Her: Well if your husband or boyfriend got a job somewhere else then you'd have to move for them.

Me: Hmm.  So is that the only reason to move?  Because my husband or boyfriend got a job?

Her: Pretty much.

Me: Well that's not why I'm moving.  And there are many more reasons to move than that.  Like what if I got a job somewhere else??

Her: Well did you?

Me: Well, no, but -

Her: See! Then why are you leaving us?

Me: Because. . . um, I want to be near the big mountains.  I want to climb big mountains and there aren't any here.

Her: (gives me a raised-eyebrow, skeptical look) So you're going to leave all 200 of us kids to climb some mountain, which isn't even alive?  I think you need to change your mind.  Have you really thought about this?

Me: I'm late for class. (I walk away.)

Her: (calling after me) Melanie!

Me: (yelling back to her, over my shoulder) Don't yell in the hallway!


  1. Haha, aw, well, mountains are pretty awesome.

  2. Right?? And they are TOO alive. (pouty face)

  3. Melanie this is hilarious! I visualized this entire conversation :o) Thanks for the laugh today. Lori