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Laughter Challenge, Awesome for an Old Person

I do enjoy a good challenge, especially when it promises a good story. So, I was delighted to see this challenge from bestwriter , telling a story about ourselves that has a touch of humour.

It was about ten years ago and I was doing my first day of casual day relief teaching at a school I was unfamiliar with. I was placed in a class of eleven and twelve year old students, an age group I hadn't taught for some time. In order to break the ice and gain a little possible respect, I told them I'd competed in the local women's triathlon the day before. A voice came out of the front desk, saying "Wow! That's awesome for an old person." Complete silence filled the room, the kids not knowing how I'd respond to the suggestion I was old.

He realised very quickly he may have made an error in uttering those words, so without waiting for my response he looked at me in an apologetic way and added, "Well, you are aren't you?" How could I not crack up laughing. Yes, I told them all, I am old, and I'm proud of myself for having completed the triathlon. I had the respect of that class from that moment onward.

I still chuckle at the lad and how he dug himself further into his hole rather than climbing out of it. If we want the respect of kids, we have to respect their way of thinking. To him I was definitely old. And, myself? After the triathlon of the previous day I admit, I was feeling rather old and tired myself.

So, why don't you join bestwriter and myself and tell us a funny story from your past. Be sure to tag it

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GemstonePink wrote on February 24, 2015, 7:27 PM

That is so wonderful how you handled that situation. My best laughs came from the students in my classrooms. There are not many jobs that provide laughs like that!

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valmnz wrote on February 24, 2015, 7:30 PM

In order to succeed in teaching you really do need to be able to laugh at yourself, don't you!

bestwriter wrote on February 24, 2015, 7:39 PM

Anything but that!! And that too rubbing it in!! We women never ever want to hear that emoticon :grin:

valmnz wrote on February 24, 2015, 7:42 PM

I'm proud of my age and the things I can still achieve emoticon :smile: poor lad, he told me later it was meant to be a compliment.

bestwriter wrote on February 24, 2015, 8:44 PM

That is true as I too feel great when I do things that normally people my age will not dare.

MelissaE wrote on February 24, 2015, 9:04 PM

I teach sixth-grade, and I know exactly how they would be.

snerfu wrote on February 24, 2015, 9:23 PM

Laughter is wonderful. I make it a point to keep chuckling at the little things in life. It helps make my day better.

Feisty56 wrote on February 24, 2015, 10:33 PM

That was cute and a great way to break the ice. Congratulations on completing the triathlon -- that's an accomplishment at any age. : )

crowntower wrote on February 24, 2015, 10:38 PM

Lol! That is so cool to really get out of a situation like that. If I happen to be that person I might crawl under the table and hide... Lol! Just kidding. God bless and thank you for sharing. i did join it but I did not give my personal laughing self trip Lol!

wolfgirl569 wrote on February 24, 2015, 11:08 PM

That poor kid, I am glad you handled it s well.

CoralLevang wrote on February 25, 2015, 1:25 AM

You are my hero! When I grow up to be an old person like you, I hope I can do the things you do! ROFLMAO emoticon :winking:

Sorry, couldn't resist!

valmnz wrote on February 25, 2015, 1:31 AM

emoticon :smile: don't grow up too fast! i really must consider triathlons again next season. This season is almost over.

CoralLevang wrote on February 25, 2015, 1:37 AM

LOL I'm glad you get my sense of humour. emoticon :winking: Please notice, too, that I realise how to speak your language in a way you can understand it.

*punchy tonight* I really need some sleep. LOL

Coffee wrote on February 25, 2015, 4:35 AM

Oh I wish I could have been there, the room must have erupted with laughter!

Shellyann36 wrote on February 25, 2015, 8:25 AM

LOL thank you for the laugh this morning. This post has made my day. Kids say the cutest things at times. I will have to check out this challenge! Oh yes and many props to you for being able to make it to "work" after competing the day before!

Dawnwriter wrote on February 26, 2015, 2:09 AM

Children say the funniest thing and I think it is great you did not quash his spirit. Many teachers are too bent upon being strict and meticulous to let the children enjoy their childhood in classrooms.

cheri wrote on February 26, 2015, 9:29 PM

Kids are really straight forward most of the times but suddenly turn apologetic when they think that they have offended an "old person."