Friday, December 18, 2009

Remembering Elementary School


I had a memory come back to me that I hadn't recalled for years. I was thinking of a new novel idea and I was reminded of something that I did as a young guy in about 5th grade. My teacher, Mrs. really-hard-to-pronounce-German-name, gave us a spelling word assignment. She told us that we had to use about 10 different spelling words from our list and write a short story which included all of those words.

I don't remember what the words were, but I do remember how much of a wise ass I was and so I decided to use all my brain power to cheat through the assignment without getting in trouble. So, I ended up writing a story about a young man who was in class one day and given an assignment by his teacher much like my own. He was to include the following words. Then I put my spelling list words down. The story ended by stating that the young man didn't quite now how to use them, so he just didn't do the assignment.

When I turned it in, my teacher read it aloud and realized what I had done and smiled. She told me that I was supposed to use them in a story and I explained that I had. My story did in fact include every word she gave me and so I should get a passing grade. She thought it was funny and gave me a passing A, but then the next time she gave a similar assignment, you bet your sweet biscuits that she gave a disclaimer: No writing stories like the one that voidwalker did. (insert my real name for voidwalker).

Any of you have any funny writing stories from your childhood years that bring a smile to your face?

10 comments:

Davin Malasarn said...

LOL. These are the things I think about in my head but never dare to do in real life.

Anita Saxena said...

That's hilarious!

Candice said...

Ha! I love it. I think your solution was quite creative, albeit a bit snotty. :)

Voidwalker said...

I was always on a mission to be as outside the box, educationally, as possible. Sometimes it worked and others I got evil eye. :)

Stephanie Thornton said...

Aha... you were one of those THOSE students. :)

I have a few of those and they keep me on my toes, but they make me laugh too. That's all that matters.

Terresa said...

Clever you! I think you got lucky that time...

Charles Gramlich said...

As a teacher, all I have to say is: "There's one in ever class!" :)

Diana Paz said...

That is so great, I would have given it an A!

Okay Void, there's an award that requires you to reveal seven truths (and I know you just did ten with the Honest Scraps)... if you want to play, head over to my blog because I nominated you :)

Mary said...

Very clever Void. I would've given you an A the first time too. Then I would do what your teacher did.

Voidwalker said...

Diana: Thank you SO Much!

Mary: I agree, I think my teacher responded apropriately :)