Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Four score and seven Brettism Hump Days ago

I'd love to be a fly on the wall in Brett's classroom some days, if just to see the teacher's reaction to some of the things he says and does. Does she laugh? Does she cry? Does she sit there and wonder if the school counselor is available?

And this week, in his never ending quest to keep his school work interesting and to keep his teacher on her toes, Brett selected Abraham Lincoln for his presidential project and went to work.

"I picked him because his name is Abraham, and I like ham. No other president had a tasty food in his name." he nods, sound in his logic. "Also he looks like he could be Slash from Guitar Hero's ancestor, so that was a bonus."

I'm mentally facepalm'ing myself and trying not to laugh, looking over his outline when he picks up one of his note cards to sound off on some Abraham facts.

"Abraham Lincoln. Died in Ford's theatre, Washington DC." He pauses looking up at me. "Hey did you know that they have a pillow there that still has his blood on it?"

"Yeah, I've been there, it's actually pretty cool. Finish your card."

"Okay. Killed by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, on Good Friday."

His barely misses a beat, he drops his voice and says dryly "Not so good for him."

A bubble of laughter escapes me.

"YES!" he says, pumping one fist. "My teacher won't see that coming either!"


Kristi said...

As a former 4th and 5th grade teacher, I'm here to tell you Caroline, that I would have LOVED having Brett as a student!! LOVED IT!! I may have had to hold back my laughter much of the time, but I guarantee you he's appreciated! -Kristi (2Dukes&ADuchess)

Anonymous said...

Caroline--That kid is SO a stand-up comic in the making. I mean everyone has an innate skill or two and that Brett's is stand-up. I'm telling you. He clearly gets comic timing and delivery on an advanced level.