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Feb 11, 201103:58 PMEditor's Blog

The Words That Must Not Be Spoken

Feb 11, 2011 - 03:58 PM
Yesterday, my friend Eliot, the 7-year-old son of a TulsaKids advertising representative, came into my office dripping and red-faced from sledding down the hill in front of the office. (I keep candy on my table to lure kids in to talk to me.) Eliot and I had a nice conversation.

ME: Are you having fun? You’re wet. You look cold.

ELIOT (looking sideways at the candy bowl on the table): Yes, we’ve been sledding, but I just got my face covered in snow.

ME: I see. Your face is still red. Want some candy?

ELIOT: Sure. My mom loves Jolly Ranchers.

ME: I’m sure she does. Who wouldn’t? Take some for her and your brothers, too. So, what do you think of all this snow?

ELIOT: Well, actually, I’m a bit tired of snow. We haven’t had school in more than five days.

At this point Eliot begins to think back. I can see it’s getting hard to remember the last day that he was in school. It must seem like years.

Suddenly, ELIOT blurts out: I’m a bit tired of snow. I’m ready to go back to school.

A look of horror comes over his face. He has uttered The Words That Must Not Be Spoken – he wants to go back to school.

Immediately, he starts back-pedaling.

ELIOT: Well, I really wouldn’t mind another day off. I really don’t want to go back, but…

ME: Hey, that’s okay. I think some of the moms are a bit tired of snow, too.

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Our editor-in-chief, Betty started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter will be starting graduate school in the fall. Her son is now 27 and her middle daughter is 24. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty is an avid runner, cook (loves to eat) and coffee snob. She is an award-winning writer and most recently was honored with a Great Plains Journalism Award as Best Blogger of 2013. Last year, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “May Finds Her Way” (2013 The RoadRunner Press). Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

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