Singin' in the Pain

Story Sent in by Annica:

Henry promised to take me out to dinner. We met in a park and strolled toward the restaurant in no great hurry. His day job involved working with kids at a daycare center, and I asked him if he had any good stories.

In response, he sang, Mary Had a Little Lamb.

I smiled. "The kids must love you. Do you have any funny stories?"

He sang, Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

I interrupted, "Okay, I know the song. We don't have to talk about it if you don't want to."

He stopped walking, reached for my nose, and pinched it between two fingers. "Got your nose!" he said.

I pulled away, but he held tight. He sang, The Circle of Life and I had to hit his hand away from my nose to make him let go. My nose throbbed in pain, and I yelled, "What the hell was that for?"

His eyes went wide and he sucked in air through his barely parted lips. He made a face like an ogre, then finally shrugged, dropped his shoulders, and presented his arm to me, as if I'd take it and continue walking. "Ready for dinner?" he asked.

I repeated, "What the hell was that for? It really hurt!"

"Sorry. It takes me a little while to get out of teacher mode at the end of the day. I'd still really like to do dinner with you if you're up for it."

"I'm not."

"Suit yourself."

We went our separate ways. He's lucky I didn't go violent on him.


  1. Good to know that in teacher mode, he assaults the kids' noses.

  2. Teacher mode? I thought he worked at a daycare centre not a school..?

  3. Children in daycare centers can have teachers who work in daycare centers. Why the hate, Julia?

  4. He clearly isn't much of a teacher if he's like that.

  5. Julia,

    My girlfriend works in a developmental school covering ages 6 weeks - Kindergarten. It is clearly part Daycare, part school, which does not preclude my girlfriend, who has a dual masters degree in teaching, from "teaching" her 2.5 - 3 year olds.

  6. And this is why I will be teaching HIGH SCHOOL kids...so when I'm transitioning out of "teacher mode," I'll be singing Justin Biber songs and sending text messages of my bewbs. FAR less annoying.

  7. On one hand I can see how the guy would still be in "kid entertainment" mode. When I'm doing charity work around kids, it takes me a little while to get into and out of that mode.

    On the other hand, I call bullshit. He was probably testing to see if she'd put up with his crap and she "failed" that test.

  8. Did he really PROMISE to take her to dinner? As in "I PROMISEI will take you to dinner!" She is not lighthearted enough to enjoy someone who works with children.


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