Kids at their Best
Two Short Character Stories

       This is Matthew.  He just turned ten years old, and loves to construct LEGO things.  The other day he was hanging out at his little brother's football practice, with little or nothing productive to do.  Many extra brothers and sisters often gather around the field to pass the time and wait for practice to be over, so they can all go home. 
       One pair of much older and larger boys was throwing a football back and forth.  As Matthew watched from a distance, one of their passes strayed off course, and came to rest at Matthew's feet.  One of the bigger boys approached Matthew in order to retrieve his football.  Then he stopped some distance from Matthew and just stood there in silence.
       Matthew said, "Would you like me to throw you the ball?"
There was an extended silence, as though the big kid did not know how to respond to such a question.
       After a few more seconds of silence, Matthew said:

       "I will take that as a NO."

       Matthew turned around and walked away from the football. 

Exactly where ten year old boys get their interesting responses is not entirely clear, but one might suspect Sponge Bob Square Pants,
or other cartoon characters within the kids' culture.


Matt and the Cat

     This is Matthew's little brother, Robert, who was at football practice above.  Robert will turn eight like a kamikazi pilot on December 7, 2008.  During the grandparents visit in August, Robert had graduated from first grade, and was due to enter second grade the following school year.  Robert accompanied his mother to pick up the grandparents at the airport. 
       Consistent with grandpa's style, he asked:  "Robert, did you learn anything in first grade?" 
       His response was immediate: "No, I didn't learn anything in first grade."
       For the next several days, grandpa would not let this go, and continued to question whether it was possible not to learn anything in first grade.  Repeating this statement, that Robert had not learned anything in the first grade, eventually began to eat away at Robert, and he was determined to set the record straight. 
       At dinner the following evening, Robert and grandpa converged at the same table, removed somewhat from the rest of the family. This was the perfect opportunity for Robert to prove that he actually did learn something in first grade. 
       "Grandpa" he said, "I really did learn something in first grade.  Ask me a first grade question"
       Grandpa was somewhat startled by this sudden change of heart, and was pressed to come up with a first grade question, so he asked:
       "Who was buried in Grant's tomb?" 
       "Grandpa,"  he replied immediately, "They didn't teach us that in first grade." 

Robert and Piazza.  Piazza is the one with the black nose.


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