The Words That Must Not Be Spoken

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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Betty Casey has been editor of TulsaKids for over 20 years – her youngest child was 3-years-old when she started working for the magazine. She and her husband Wes have three young adult children. Betty’s blog ranges from writing about current issues or information of interest to local parents, reflecting on her life without kids at home, and posting a few recipes now and then. (Cooking and running are two or her favorite past-times.) Betty is the author/illustrator of three children’s books, "May Finds Her Way," "That is a Hat" and "The Prince of the Prairie" (The RoadRunner Press). She was named Blogger of the Year in 2014 by The Great Plains Journalism Awards, was a finalist in 2015 and won again in 2016. Most recently, she was named the 2017 News Blogger of the Year. She has also won numerous writing awards from the Parenting Media Association.

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