Sunday, March 13, 2011

SOLSC: Pinky Promise - 13/31

The Slice of Life Story Challenge 
is hosted by the Two Writing Teachers.

Pinky Promise

I did it. I made a pinky promise. With a second grader.

The students at school were excited about the birth of my daughters.  Upon returning to school last fall, I was happily sharing baby pictures and enjoying the "oohs" and "ahhs."

"I know. I think they are pretty cute too." I responded.

"So, when are you bringing them to school?  You know.  I know a lot about babies.  I can hold them. I can rock them. I can even change diapers.  Dirty ones too." Emily confidently told me.

"Oh, really?  Well . . ." I hesitated, thinking about my husband's response: "No way. Do you know how many germs are lurking in that place?  And all those kids will want to touch them. . ."  

"So? When are they going to come? Tomorrow?" she interrogated. 

"Well, we will have to wait until they are a little older.  And it will need to warm up a bit.  It's still too cold and lots of kids are sick." I retorted.

"So, you are not going to bring them?" Emily wondered.

"No.  No.  They will visit school before the end of the year."  That bought me some time.

"Promise?"  Emily asked as she held out her little pinky.

"Promise."  I replied.  And she'll never let me forget it . . .


  1. Oh my goodness, I love this! I love seeing the kid writing right after your slice. You captured your student's voice beautifully with the dialogue. I could also feel your hesitation. Really enjoyed it! :)

  2. Michelle,
    Diana kinda said it all. I giggled out loud. I also know the power of the pinky promise. But, wow - to write it up. That is the equivalent of a legal contract. I'm sure your husband will come around. :)

  3. You wrote this so nicely--the conversation, your thoughts, your husband's probable response. It all worked, and the picture at the end was perfect! Sounds like you'll have to make good on this one!

  4. There it is in writing, you promised. Love the conversation in this, it really put the reader there with you and Emily. Now for the stars to align, you will have the right moment to bring them to school.

  5. Great slice. Kids are so amazing and they love babies.

  6. I like how our students sometimes push us to do what we really want to do in the first place. There's got to be a little piece of you that can't wait to see your students marveling over your babies. I can picture Emily and her strong, sweet personality so clearly from your writing.


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