It threatened to snow today, so we abandoned all customs and had a mixed-up day. We were scheduled to have an early dismissal followed by parent-teacher conferences in the afternoon, but the weather forecast was for Armageddon Part 4, so we had an even earlier dismissal and no conferences. The super-early dismissal required that we have lunch in our classroom, which is a rare treat. Here’s a slice of the conversation.
Max: I think I’m going to Portugal this summer.
Elijah, who has family in Portugal: Oh, you’re so lucky.
Me, who has never been to Portugal: Oh, I really want to go there some day.
Max, whose family is from Sweden: I think I’m going there, but we may go to Sweden.
Adam: I’m going to Italy.
Me: This summer?
Adam: No, in April.
Me: Really, wow.
Lilli: I’m going to England.
Me: In April?
Me: I’m going to Bethesda, Maryland!
Sage: I’m going to Baltimore.
Katherine: I’m going to look at colleges. Aren’t I lucky?
Me: Where are you going?
Katherine: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, but my brother wants to go to college somewhere warm, so we’re also going to Florida.
Me: It’s pretty warm in North Carolina and South Carolina.
Katherine: I know, but he wants it to be really warm. Then we’re going to Universal.
Me: Oh that’s your part of the trip.
Sage: Where does your sister want to go to college?
Katherine, who has twin siblings, if you hadn’t gathered: I don’t know. She wants to study journalism.
Lilli: What’s journalism? Is that a kind of writing?
Me: It’s writing for newspapers or magazines or TV news.
Lilli: Oh, my neighbor works for the New York Times.
Josh: Oh, I was in the New York Times.
Lilli: My neighbor is in the New York Times all the time.
Ryan: My dad reads the New York Times.
And there you have it. A little slice of lunch conversation, fifth grade style.