One of the benefits of being a grandmother is the opportunity to spend time in elementary school. Last Tuesday I had lunch at Pond Springs Elementary School with each of my granddaughters. I say each because they have lunch at different times and they insisted that I eat with each of them. It is no easy task for a senior to climb into the middle of those hard bench seats.
I sat across the table from my kindergartner and her classmates all around us kept up a constant chatter of questions and reminders of the many school rules. I almost humiliated them by getting out of my seat to throw away trash.
"You can't do that," a small voice insisted urgently, "you have to wait until they tell us!"
I even talked during "red star time" and three little faces turned to me, with fingers held to lips and in unison said "shhhh!"
The boy sitting next to me enthusiastically enjoyed blue jello as his first course, opening his mouth wide to show me.
"Look, I'm eating brains!"
He saved his banana for last and couldn't get it open. He held it out to Ms. Vo, a student intern, for help.
"Do you know how to open a banana like the monkeys do?" she asked him. She showed him the two ends of the banana and then turned it upside down and squeezed the round end. She easily pulled down the peel.
"Not that way!" he screamed. "I don't want it that way."
Ms. Vo calmly told him it was too late.
"It doesn't taste good that way," he insisted...and then he ate the banana.
I was amaze at how much easier it is to open a banana from the non-traditional end. I guess you're never too old to learn something new in elementary school.
I found the video on You Tube...Enjoy!