A Future ending tale…(based on a true story)
Once many years ago, when I was working in day care before I found my first teaching job, the following series of events took place.
I was in charge of a small group of about eight two-year-olds. Two-year-olds have few words but many feelings. They often express those feelings in inappropriate ways. For example, sometimes they express anger by biting. Teeth are a relatively new acquisition for two-year-olds and it doesn’t take long for them to discover that they are a useful weapon as well as helpful for crunching cheerios.
In my group, I had two very different children: Beavis and Robert Bis. Beavis was a shy boy who often cried. He had trouble with the “v” sound in his name so he called himself “Beemus.” His parents adapted it as a nickname so we at the center called him that as well. Robert, or Bo as he was called was a more violent child – taking toys and biting when he didn’t get his way. Well, on the day of Beavis’ third birthday, Beavis’ mom brought in a Bundt cake for the group to share. Parents often did this kind of thing at the day care center. I cut it up and we all sang “Happy Birthday” to Beavis. Bo was not happy with the attention that Beavis was getting so he bit him and then took a big bite out of Beavis' slice of cake.
As it was customary to send a short note home with the children about their day, I sent the following note home to Beavis’ parents:
Bo Bis bit Beemus, then bit his bundt (bo, bis bit, bimus, bitis, bunt)
Get it? (Cue groaning)