"What does your father like to do?" the teacher had asked.
"He loves to clean the toilet!" she had announced proudly. Apparently, she had overheard his sarcastic remark about cleaning on a chore day at home and internalized it as literal truth. And the card went home reading that her dad was the best dad, that he was two inches tall, and that he loved to clean the toilet. I still have this card, by the way.
Tiny's teacher said she could hardly recover from laughter as she filled out the cards with the children last week. In fact, the best one came from a little boy who is often in worse trouble than my son. Yes, be careful what you say in front of children.
"What does your mother hate?"
"She hates my step-father," answered the child. (Oh, boy.)
"What does your mother need to do?" asked the teacher.
"My mother needs to get a job, my father says!" stated the child.
Fortunately, the teacher had the good sense to encourage the boy to invent new answers for the card. Oh, the things they say.