"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!

4 comments:

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

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

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

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