Feel Good Friday – A Picture Can Be Worth A Thousand Explanations

by admin on October 21, 2011

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CaffeineKatie October 21, 2011 at 5:43 am

Wonderful!

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Kry October 21, 2011 at 6:26 am

Aww… that is too cute!

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LeeLee88 October 21, 2011 at 6:39 am

One of the reasons I love little kids’ drawings :-D. They don’t know, they’re just making you a nice picture. And did anyone else notice how well the little people and their money turned out? It’s really pretty good, save for the confusing stage, er… shovel ;-)

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MellowedOne October 21, 2011 at 6:46 am

I’ve seen this cute pic several times. :)

Snopes.com (myth-busting website) lists this as a legend, though:

http://www.snopes.com/embarrass/mistaken/shovel.asp

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starstruck October 21, 2011 at 6:52 am

ha ha!!! love it!!!

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J's Mama October 21, 2011 at 7:08 am

That is priceless! That is too funny!

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Joannie81 October 21, 2011 at 7:56 am

Looks like a typical kids’ drawing! Love the note!

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Ramey October 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

My entire office is laughing at this. I come from a family of elementary schoolteachers, so they will definitely be getting this link forwarded to them.

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AMC October 21, 2011 at 8:20 am

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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acr October 21, 2011 at 9:02 am

LOL. So awesome! I hope Mom puts that in the photo album.

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Katie October 21, 2011 at 9:44 am

That is so funny! Kids really do draw/say the funniest things!

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Karen G October 21, 2011 at 9:49 am

This photo made me laugh hysterically! I had a similar thing happen to me when my son was in 1stgrade. They had journals that they needed to write in once a week about anything they wanted. These journals were done in class, and parents did not see the journals until the end of the year. So son wrote this in March, and I was unaware of it until June.

One week, my husband was travelling and my son wrote, “Daddy is on a business trip. When Daddy travels, Mommy’s friend comes to visit.”

Uh, oh.

What son neglected to say was that this “friend” who came to visit was his godmother – one of my best friends – and she would come stay with us because I didn’t like to be alone.

When I saw the journal entry, I nearly died of embarassment. I ran up to the teacher with the journal in hand and said, “I think I’ve got some explaining to do!” and filled in the missing details.

She laughed and said that she figured there was a reasonable explanation – but that son’s journal entry certainly had been entertaining!

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Chocobo October 21, 2011 at 10:01 am

I love things like this — children’s innocence is so sweet, and occasionally hilarious. I used to love “Kids Say the Darndest Things” especially when the kids weren’t being precocious or bratty, but just saying something that sounds much worse than it is.

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ElegantErica October 21, 2011 at 10:05 am

LOL… though I was bummed to find out if was an urban legend on snopes.com.

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Kimbubbley October 21, 2011 at 10:09 am

I love this!

My 7 year old LOVES to get a mohawk in the summertime…on the condition that it can ONLY be in the summertime and his hair has to be neat and trim in time for school each year. Last year – first grade – EVERY picture that he drew of our family had a tall lady with red hair, a little round person to represent his little brother and a medium-ish fellow with an ax sticking out of his head for himself. After 2 or 3 of these came home, I finally had to ask the question, “WHAT is with the ax sticking out of your head?” “Mommy. That’s my preferred hairstyle and how I like to think of myself – that’s my mohawk!” I found out at parent/teacher conferences that the teacher did exactly the same thing as she was “concerned”. :-\

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A October 21, 2011 at 10:11 am

Too cute! :D

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Paige October 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

This is just plain hilariousness! Great kid! I would love to be able to show this to her when she gets older!

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Xtina October 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

hilarious!

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many bells down October 21, 2011 at 10:41 am

When I taught preschool, every year around Thanksgiving the oldest kids used to do a book called “How to Cook a Turkey”. It was basically them narrating a story about what happened in their house for Thanksgiving. In addition to such gems as “You throw the turkey in some water to get the feathers off, then cook it for 17 hours in the oven”, we’d also get very detailed lists of what some parents had for beverages: “I drink milk, mommy drinks wine and daddy has 6 margaritas.”

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Hemi Halliwell October 21, 2011 at 11:04 am

This is too funny! Fantastic!!

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Another Laura October 21, 2011 at 11:29 am

My dad is an insulin dependant diabetic and used to give himself shots in the morning. Before the shot he would carefully clean the injection site with a cottonswab he’d dipped in rubbing alcohol.

When my brother was in first grade a policeman came to school and explained to the children why drugs and alcohol were dangerous. My brother pipes up “My dad uses alcohol every morning!” The teacher, fortunately, knew why and was able to explain the difference between the OTC sterilizer and the beverage.

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Marissa October 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Funny, but very obviously fake. The level of handwriting does not match up to the level of drawing ability. Come on now.

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Meloni October 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Several years ago there was a funny granola bar commercial that played upon things children say (the idea was you give them a granola bar so they hush). My two favorite lines were “my mom says she can’t believe you wore white!” and “mommy made daddy get a new secretary”.

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admin October 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

When I was little, a homework assignment was to ask our fathers what they did to earn a living. My Dad, apparently in a witty moment or simply desiring to get the question out of the way quickly so he eat his dinner, told me, “I’m a bookie (someone who takes illegal bets).” I dutifully marched off to school and proudly reported that my Dad was a bookie, having not the faintest clue what a bookie was.

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Thel October 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I had already seen it elsewhere and knew it was a legend (albeit a very funny one), but the anecdotes from other commenters have me cracking up! I rolled on the floor with Kimbubbley’s mohawk/axe confusion! You have one kid with oodles of personality! “That’s how I like to think of myself”… Priceless! I’m actually envious, I used to love mohawks when I was younger but I didn’t gather the courage to have one. You’re a very cool mummy!

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David October 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

It’s funny even if it’s a fake. I needed a smile, so it helped a lot.

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gramma dishes October 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

?? (Marissa)
The drawing was made by a child. The handwriting is that of its mother! There SHOULD be a difference in skill level.

Someone else earlier posted that Snopes says it is fake. I’m not sure how they would be able to ascertain that, but I can tell you from several years of teaching second grade (and from having children of my own who sometimes wrote “funny” things as well) that such drawings and their accompanying stories as unexpectedly surprising and funny as this one were both frequent and plentiful.

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Asharah October 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

Another Laura, at least he didn’t mention the needles. That might have gotten you a visit from CPS.

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auntiem October 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

For a school project we had to draw a picture of our Dad at work. I drew a picture of a frowning man with a very full “In” box and a very empty “Out” box on his desk. My Dad was a doctor, but all I remember him complaining about was all the paperwork he had to do so that is what I thought doctors did all day. He framed it and had it hanging in his office until he retired.

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LEMon October 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

I suspect Marissa was refering to the “When I grow up … I want to be like Mommy.” All correctly spelled and fairly neatly written.

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Addy October 21, 2011 at 6:47 pm

@gramma dishes, I think Marissa was referring to the caption on the picture “when I grow up…I want to be like Mommy” I agree with Marissa, the lettering is perfect, and the drawing is stick figures? Also, the strange, circle ellipses do not look natural to me. What little kid uses ellipses?

Although, now that I think about it, it could have been a hand-out sheet that had been pre-printed by the teacher, with an assignment to explain how they would like to be like Mommy. But with the info from Snopes, I do think it’s a fake.

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Echo October 21, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Agree with gramma dishes, this one might be a fake but my year two teacher friend has shown me some hilarious student submissions. In one of them, a student said that he liked ‘hores’ (horses) and so does his daddy, but they are very expensive.

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gramma dishes October 21, 2011 at 10:39 pm

I see now what you’re saying and of course you may be right, but many second grade children already have very stylized handwriting. By two or three months into the school year, I could usually tell whose paper I was reading even if they had forgotten to put their name on it! Very few had artistic skills to match. Heck, I sometimes still draw with stick figures because I’m really that untalented!! ;-)

Also note that the word grow is capitalized, but not the name Mommy. (Punctuation is still a little iffy in second grade.) I’m not saying with certainty that it is real, but I am saying it’s certainly possible. I suspect it happened somewhere and it was passed along the line from teacher to teacher so there was no way of knowing exactly where the original came from. To me it’s quite believable just based on similar papers I’ve seen in my own classroom, those shared with me by other teachers and what things my own children wrote when they were around that age.

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Miss Unleaded October 22, 2011 at 3:35 am

When I was a kid we used to take a lot of family road trips. On one of these my dad narrowly escaped a collision. He was drinking a coke or something at the time, and my mum frustratedly told him to put the drink down and keep both hands on the wheel.

Apparently afterwards I went around telling people that my dad was drink driving and nearly caused a car accident. :o\

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Tanz October 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I’ve seen that before – it’s a fake, but a funny one :)

I have my own story of a similar nature. We were asked at school to write a little story about our parents which would be proudly (and publically) displayed during an upcoming school fair. My folks got there a little late (and wondering my some of their friends were giggling at them) to see my story proclaim “Daddy likes to have a cup of tea after work, and Mummy likes to drink a lot too!”

I neglected to mention my Mother’s beverage of choice was also tea ;)

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Silverstreak October 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

My dad was a Pharmaceutical Rep while I was growing up, and when I was in 2nd grade they asked each of us what our dad did for a living. I asked him what his title was, and he told me, “I’m a drug dealer” (trying to be funny) I ran back to school and told my teacher this… my mom had to come to my VERY conservative Baptist school and explain that one. :o)

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SleepyKitty October 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

I live in an area that had some severe flooding not too long ago, and I live in what was a mandatory evacuation zone. So me and my cats went to stay with my sister and my two young nieces. The elder, who is seven, was quite interested in the whole experience, but got her vocabulary confused: the next day she went to her (Catholic) school and told everyone that I had been arrested instead of evacuated!

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Cat October 23, 2011 at 11:56 pm

SleepyKitty is lucky the young niece didn’t mention that her dear aunt had a “cat house”. At least that would have explained being arrested.

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Cupcake October 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

Once I asked a little girl what her mother did for a job, and she replied “hooker”. The mother actually worked for a real estate business named after its founder, L J Hooker!

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Stepmomster October 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

So funny!

My daughter did a family portrait of us when she was 6, she drew all of us in various clothing, but the funniest part was that she put a large cross over my father in the drawing. The teacher looked at her picture for awhile, and then finally told her “what a lovely picture, i’m sorry your grandpa died” My daughter promptly burst into tears and became hysterical, thinking her teacher was breaking bad news. Her poor teacher had assumed that the cross meant that her grandpa had passed on; my daughter had added the cross because he is a pastor!

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