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How Little Susie Saved Christmas

I advise a group of ten boys every day for twenty minutes.  That alone should have elicited some sort of gasp of impossibility.  For the Christmas season, we’ve been given the responsibility of decorating my classroom door.  Try casting vision to twelve year old testosterone for Christmas scrapbooking.  Then substitute for the scrapbook a public door that the entire school can see.  The brainstorming session that transpired produced all of zero politically correct (if there is such a thing for Christmas anymore) or practical ideas.  Burning cabins in the woods and smoking Santa Clauses firing machine guns just don’t encourage the genre of Christmas cheer that our school promotes.  Of all the comical ideas, however, this one lit the tree.

“Wait, wait, wait.  I’ve got it.  Let’s draw a living room, a Christmas tree, and the Grinch lying in a pool of his own blood with little Susie standing over him!”

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6 responses to “How Little Susie Saved Christmas

  1. Marilyn Sparks December 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I empathize with after decorating about 32 classroom doors. There is a definite creative gender difference of ideas. What was the final product?

    • Luke December 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      That’s a good question. Currently Santa (or two girls) is working behind the scenes to resurrect some dignity out of our “snowman in a snowstorm” (otherwise known as a white sheet of paper). The end product will likely be some sort of an orange and white Tennessee snowman.

  2. Mom December 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    Does Susie have Maren’s angelic smile as she considers how to get
    away with it?

  3. Coach D December 7, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Luke,
    Hysterical. I have taught high school young men for almost 20 years. I don’t think their ideas would be too far removed from your group of 12 year olds. I could tell you some pretty crazy stories myself.

    Coach D

  4. jennifer vanorman December 8, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Awesome! Reminds me of when JR was about that age and wrote for his creative writing assignment about killing the ice cream man or some such violence. i called David Thomas hysterically wondering what i had done wrong to have parented this violent monster. He calmly informed me that is pretty normal for boys. Thank God!!

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