I’ve talked about brunch with my niece and ‘phew before, and I took the kids out for pancakes yesterday when I was in town. I love taking them out to brunch and getting to chat with them one on one. Well, two on one.
This convo with the 5-year-old ‘phew yesterday was too much for me.
Me: What are you up to in school these days?
‘Phew: You do NOT want to go to Mr. Bakle’s (the principal) office.
Me: What? Have you been there lately?
Him: NO! And I do not want to go. If you get turned to blue, you have to go to his office.
Me: What do you mean turned to blue?
Niece (helpfully chiming in): That means you are in trouble (they have a card system for behavior, I deduced later), and you’ll have to go to his office. But you don’t want to go there.
‘Phew: No because he’ll talk in his loud voice! (This was accompanied by hand gestures that are similar to when he roars like a lion.)
Me: Well, maybe you’d just better be on your best behavior so you won’t have to go to his office.
Them (in unison): Yeah!
What makes this hilarious is that their principal is actually a really great guy, from all accounts. He’s one of those hands on principals who are actively involved in the day-to-day with the students and teachers. I’ve heard nothing but good things about him, so I find it hilarious that the ‘phew even brought this up. I have no idea what brought it on.
This reminds me… did you learn to spell the different principal/principle by saying, “The principal is your pal?” So many tricks to learning the English language.