Don’t Go Changin

Bat Boy!

Johnny’s homework……..The Writing Notebook!!  His ARCH ENEMY……………….The WRITING PROMPT!!  I feel his pain on this one.  Who doesn’t freeze when/told to write at least FIVE (the magic number) GOOD sentences on a topic you have ABSOLUTELY  ZERO INTEREST IN!!

For example……….when asked to write what he would do if he was Principal for a day he was clear, concise……………and you might say………….to the POINT!  He summed it up in TWO sentences.

 “If I was Principal we would only go to noon.  We would only have lunch and recess.”

Johnny DOES NOT need many sentences to get his point across.  A boy of few words.

Last night’s writing was not going to get even ONE sentence from Johnny Boy.  “Would you rather be a dog or a cat and why?”

Me (with upbeat positive Mom voice):  Well, Johnny which do you think would be cooler?  (can’t you feel my positive energy?)

Johnny:  Neither. (imagine as much NON ENTHUSIASM as you can).

Me:  Why?

Johnny:  Cause………I don’t want to be a Dog or Cat, I want to be a ………..BAT!!!

Me:  Well………then, you need SIX good sentences (I like to push the envelope) to tell us why.  And don’t forget your spacing (you know…… to suck any enjoyment out of this writing business)

I can take the FUN out of ANYTHING.  My boys could write NOT SENTENCES but PAGES on that topic!

Johnny:  O.K.

And BOOM…………..there you have it…………….why Johnny wants to be a Bat.  Fly, of course, a top reason.  “Would be cool.”

Yep, Johnny, if we would only listen.  Be patient my boy, you’ll set us straight someday.   Dog, Cat, Bat………….I think I’ll take my Johnny, cause he is WAY COOL!!!!!!!  No changes necessary.

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