If turkeys could talk

The following post contains a class project my daughter wrote 2 years ago. I’ve posted it here before, but since this is Thanksgiving week, I thought it might be a good time to revisit it, as it helps me remember how grateful I am for my kids. Even if they’re a little weird…

As a parent, I secretly delight when I see my children take interest in or excel at something that I’m into. Just as I cringe when I see a less desirable trait that I share rear its ugly head. But in all honesty, as long as they are true to who they are, I’m good with it. But sometimes my kids surprise me and make me wonder how much (whether through nurture or nature), I have influenced the way their minds work. Such was the case at my daughter’s 2rd grade class open house.

When I walked into my daughter’s classroom, her teacher greeted my husband and me, then immediately asked if we had seen her turkey. Typically, kids this age and younger make a paper turkey, and on each feather write something they are thankful for. On this particular turkey, their instructions were to imagine the turkey could talk and write some of the things that he or she would say. Many of the kids had things like, “Gobble, gobble” and “Happy Thanksgiving”, or even “My name is Tom”. Imagine my surprise when I read the following on my daughter’s turkey:

  • Please do not eat me because I am pregnant.
  • Please do not eat me because I am krazy!
  • Please do not eat me because I am too big for your oven.
  • Please do not eat me because I will explode in your oven and cover it with blood.
  • Please do not eat me because I have diarrhea.

Perhaps the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree after all…

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20 Responses to “If turkeys could talk”

  1. Kathleen November 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Would ‘the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’ be appropriate? 🙂

    • katdish November 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm #

      I’m just going with “that girl has quite the creative mind” and leave it at that. The teacher said she knew she was going in a different direction with this project when she raised her hand and asked how to spell “diarrhea”.

  2. BeckeyZ November 22, 2010 at 11:14 pm #

    Your daughter is awesome! Just like her mom! Happy Thanksgiving Katdish!

    • katdish November 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

      Thanks, Beckey. You too.

  3. Maureen November 22, 2010 at 11:15 pm #

    I hope she received an A for that bit of creative thinking.

    • katdish November 23, 2010 at 7:14 am #

      She did, actually.

  4. Geek for Him November 23, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    LOVE what kids have to say when asked. Honesty from kids is the true teaching He has for us!

  5. Wendy November 23, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    Where DOES she get it?

  6. bman November 23, 2010 at 8:28 am #

    Please eat me too… you’ve already eaten my family.

    Sometimes turkey’s can be downers.

  7. Tony Alicea November 23, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    Classic! As my mom says “the squirrel doesn’t fall far from the tree”.

  8. Joanne Sher November 23, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    She’s gonna be a writer, Kat. No doubt. LOVE it

  9. Billy Coffey November 23, 2010 at 9:29 am #

    Nice to see that snarky gene being passed on…

  10. Babybloomr November 23, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    I LOVE this so much! Besides giving you a story you can dine out on for years, she was actually able to empathetically put herself in the turkey’s place and imagine what it would feel like, and come up with creative ways to try to escape it’s fate– I think that’s remarkable!

    Reminds me of my oldest daughter in kindergarten… The class project was to collectively come up with rules for the classroom and post them on the board. When Parent’s Night came, there posted among all of her classmates suggestions (no pushing, always take turns, etc.) was our little anarchist’s contribution: “That there should be no rules.”

  11. Michelle@ Graceful November 23, 2010 at 11:03 am #

    Oh man, that makes me laugh. What a sassy one!

  12. Jason November 23, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    I love it. Especially the diarrhea.

  13. @kelybreez November 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Amazing pictures put in my head for Thanksgiving lunch… that I wasn’t looking for.

  14. Dusty Rayburn November 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    Children are hilarious and scary too! I am often left wondering where my 4 year old has picked up a phrase or mannerism. As an example, last night while she ate some pringles, she pauses with chip in the air and says, “These are awesomely delicious!.” Really? I don’t say that. My wife doesn’t say that. We do not have regular broadcast tv…so where did she come up with that?

    Part of my wondered if @kelybreez had been talking to her.

  15. Sandra Heska King November 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    I. Love. It.

    She’s gonna make you proud, Mon.

  16. Sandra Heska King November 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm #

    That would be Mom. Sigh.

  17. Larry Hehn November 23, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    That is hilarious! It reminds me of something my daughter would do too. I love it when she does creative, fun and quirky stuff like that. You are blessed!

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