Stupid Human Tricks

The last few weeks, the Graded Children’s Choirs (1st-6th Grade) have been rehearsing together as we prepare for our Christmas concert in December. The director of the 5th and 6th grade is a choir teacher at the high school, so she knows what she’s doing as she leads the 30+ 6 through 12 year olds. Between songs, she chooses a kid to come tell a joke or something. This past week, the kids were given the opportunity to do a stupid human trick. It was enlightening to see the leaders of tomorrow show off how double jointed they are or their ability to wiggle their ears.

After choir, Emily asked me if she had any stupid human tricks. So, we started talking about what kinds of things she can do if she had been called to the front to do a trick. She considered doing things like pulling out an eyelash, crossing her eyes, or crossing all her fingers. I explained to her the point wasn’t necessarily to do something gross, just something goofy. She tried putting her feet behind her head or touching her shoulder by putting her arm over her head, but she’s just not that limber.

She told me she can complete patterns really well. She asked me to say a bunch of numbers in a pattern and she would say what comes next. Then, it occured to me. She doesn’t have a stupid human trick because that’s just not the kind of thing she thinks about. She spends her spare time writing stories or poems, making up songs on the piano, teaching her brothers all about school, or reading books. She’s not a stupid human. Not that the kids with the ability to bend their finger all the way back to touch their wrist aren’t smart, those skills just aren’t a priority of Emily’s. I told her the sad fact that the kids in the choir just wouldn’t be interested in her ability to complete patterns.

We are very proud of Emily’s progress in school. She’s the youngest in her class, but her performance is beyond what is expected of a 1st Grader. Scott’s already blogged all about it, so I am not going to go into the details. If you haven’t read it yet, read all about it here.

We’d be proud of her even if she wasn’t an exceptional student. She’s a great kid. She’s funny, she’s patient with her brothers, she’s a great help around the house, and is a great friend. Yesterday, Scott, Zachary, and I went to her school to plant a tulip bulb so the kids will be reminded of their promise to be drug free when the flowers bloom in the Spring. We walked into the gym where the kids had gathered before we went to plant the tulip. Zachary just plowed through the group of First Graders until he found Emily and he climbed all over her. He was a little sticky from a lollipop he had just eaten, but she didn’t care. She was just happy to see her brother. Emily’s teacher was standing beside me during this little scene, and she remarked about how Emily just took it all in stride and was a sweet happy-go-lucky kid.

Emily’s not always happy-go-lucky. She’s very sensitive to other peoples’ feelings and gets her feelings hurt fairly easily. I am glad she is not a whiner at school. So far, she’s been very good about telling us what’s going on at school or with her friends. I pray that will continue through the years.

Unfortunately, being smart and happy-go-lucky doesn’t come with parlor tricks to entertain your friends. Do you have any stupid human tricks that Emily could try?


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