Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Is not a fish, a pet?

The other day, C came home all bummed out.
I asked her what was up and she showed me a drawing she had done in class. It was a 3"x3" square portrait of her pet fish.
Is that Choo-choo?

Nods.

It's a good picture of him.

Nothing.

Why did you draw a picture of Choo-choo?

Silence.

Was that for a class project?

Nods -- a tear starts to form and the bottom lip quivers in painful, 6-year old agony.
Later we got the whole story.

The class was learning to draw a bar graph. Each student drew pictures of their pets on a square and then put them bedside their names on the large bar graph running left to right on the back wall.

This being a relatively rural community, kids drew pictures of their cows, sheeps, pigs, goats, horses, chickens, snakes, assorted rodents and marsupials to go along with the typical family pets -- dogs and cats.

Some kids "pet bar graphs" were as long as the panhandle.
Some were colorful, and vibrant, and full of farm and ranch living.
Some were exotic and strange and as multi-faceted as a Petco in the city.

C had this solitary image in her pet bar graph...

Choo-choo


Dave E -- even though I LOVE my new magnetic pickup too, do not, I repeat, do NOT send an animal of any kind my way....unless it's dead, frozen, and edible.

2 comments:

Dave said...

It sounds to me like you've let those stories from the days at Symantec where I tried to get a sheep for someone's office take over your imagination.

Of course, if you like lobster, I could violate requirement number 1 and I think you'd still like it.

friend-jl said...

poor thing...you tell her it is a pet. and no one can take that away from her, because it is in her heart.....love!!!

alright it would be hard to pet a fish, but clean up is much easier that dog poop.