Because I am twelve

Yesterday during storytime I set out the craft supplies while my coworker did the storytelling. The craft was a coiled snake made from construction paper, with a tongue and googly eyes to glue on. Except my brain was running on fumes and I carefully set down one tongue and one googly eye for each snake.

Once the craft portion got started, a couple of parents alerted us to the "now with 50% less eyes" problem and I apologized and ran to get more googly eyes.

My coworker, to the children and parents: "Sorry about giving you the one-eyed snake!"

Me: Blink. Ummm . . .

While I went around distributing googly eyes, my sweet coworker repeated the phrase "one-eyed snake" several times and I was quite possibly dying. Tried to figure out if there was a way to signal or take her aside and explain why she might not want to use that particular phrase, but it seemed like that just might make it worse. Also it would make me look like a dirty-bird. Which, as we now know, I am.

Except come on! You all thought it, right???

(image of a similar project from Crafts~N~Things)


celeste said... [reply]

guess she's never seen "Runaway Bride". I think that is the only time i've ever heard that reference before. I would have shared your reaction.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Right, Celeste? That's the only place I've ever heard anyone say that either, but by golly I remembered it!

Scully said... [reply]

How could you not remember the awkwardness of that scene? If I had been a parent, I would have started giggling.

Sherry said... [reply]

I know that reference, and not from Runaway Bride, which I've never seen. It's a fairly common one, I think. But yeah, I knew where this was going as soon as you mentioned only putting out one googly eye per craft. I am also twelve.

AmyJane said... [reply]

Hahahaha! I thought of Runaway Bride too. "Uh, Grandma? The one eyed snake and I have already met. Many times."

Ana said... [reply]

Recently a top official of the EMA (Employers and Manufacturers Association) here in NZ attributed (on live radio) the fact that women are paid less than men to their taking sick leave for monthly periods. Except that he didn't say the word "period". He said that once a month they had "sick problems". He couldn't even say the word!!! Apparently he is ALSO twelve.

Bridget said... [reply]

Hee hee. That is hilarious!

H said... [reply]

If she didn't notice her faux pas, maybe the other parents didn't cotton on! In other news, I read this article and couldn't help but think of the blogger who refers to her baby as the Tiny Dark Lord :) http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/life-style/family-entertainment/harry-potter-newborn-dolls-cool-or-creepy-20110722-1htis.html

Nemesis said... [reply]

H, I followed that link, saw the first picture of a baby Lord Voldemort, and I will never be okay again. MUCH prefer my version! ;-)

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MJ said... [reply]

Ummm, TOTALLY. I would have cracked up.

emandtrev said... [reply]

Too funny. I would have had the same reaction.

Thanks for getting my Monday off to a great start. :)

Audra said... [reply]

Yep... I thought it! I would have been giggling and counting how many times she said it!!! I always say I have the sense of humor of a middle-school boy! There is a "certain number" that makes me giggle every time it comes up! And I feel SO BAD that I even know what it is much less think it is funny!

Victoria said... [reply]

Wow, that's hilarious!

Stephanette said... [reply]

Totally thought it and in fact my mind's eye immediately went to the "Runaway Bride" scene. I can only tell you that I would have erupted with laughter without thinking twice about it.

I'm with Audra.....I would have started counting how many times she said it.

Dave & Gina said... [reply]

Oh, I SO needed that laugh! If I were one of the parents, there is NO WAY I could have contained my laughter.

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