A post written by Maureen over at Island Roar got me thinking about a funny conversation I had with a student last year.
Shawn arrived in my classroom upon our return from winter break. At first sight he was as cute as can be; a very tiny boy with the voice of minnie mouse. Over the next few weeks, Shawn developed a crush on one of my other students, Danica. She was a very sweet girl who also happened to be one of my selective mutes (that's right, I had two last year). On a daily basis, Shawn told me how much he liked her, how nice and kind she was, or that he couldn't wait for recess so he and Danica could play.
One Friday at dismissal, after a hug and a high-five, Shawn looked up at me and very seriously asked, "Do you think I could get Danica's phone number?" "Oh," I said , "why do you need that?" "I'd like to ask her to spend the night." I gulped and of course told him that it wasn't appropriate for me to give him her number, etc. Certainly, it was an innocent request, but I was still taken by surprise. Thinking back now, it just makes me laugh.