Silly Boys


My Tuesday school is a special place. Everyday there are special things happening here. Sometimes when I say special, I mean the difficult and frustrating variety; however, even in those cases amusing things float to the surface.

Just after fourth period began, one of the administrators stood up in the office and looked across the playground exclaiming, “What’s that?” They asked, “Is there a student out there?”

A small child was crouched down in the grass by the sandpile brought in to level the playing field for sports day. We identified the student and she hollered out at him to no avail. As she headed out for a direct interaction, we observed the activity from inside.

He seemed like a kitten prowling around, crouching, pouncing and suddenly – as if to sell this image further – a second playmate came flying in from a distance, nearly running headlong into his friend. The two boys continued scampering around after a grasshopper, including leaping vainly up a wall far higher than their heads. Eventually their awareness that they were being approached came to them and they ran off behind the storage shed.

Once they were corralled, scolded and back in class, I aksed what they were doing. My co-worker uses a very hard to follow dialectical pattern of speaking, but I think I caught the message.

Apparently during third period they were learning about how people used to catch grasshoppers and eat them for their nutritional value, so they set about catching one… Not sure if they planned to eat it or not…


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3 Responses to “Silly Boys”

  1. titus2woman Says:

    HA! I love it! BOYS! I hate to admit it, but mine actually come to blows from time-to-time….

  2. びっくり Says:

    Interestingly, although a lot of us complain about lack of discipline and poor behavior in the schools here, there is rarely a case of punches being thrown in Japanese schools. We had a nasty one a few months back with two girls in “special circumstances” and one last year involving a Brazilian boy. They will tease mercilessly and poke and prod, but anything more than shoving in response is greatly frowned upon.

  3. titus2woman Says:

    Yeah, it’s frowned upon in my house too, but…

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