Friday, July 2, 2010

Wet Woodpecker

“You know, Mamma, there is a tree outside my classroom window”, my six year old began. “Today, there was a woodpecker on the tree, and the poor woodpecker had got wet in the rain.”

I was sure I didn’t wanted get into discussing purchasing rain-wear for creatures for the monsoons, so tried to change the subject. “And how did you know the woodpecker got caught in the rain”, I asked.

“Because his hair was wet, and it had become spiky and was all standing up”, he said.


How could I have been so dumb as to not know that?

A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

Image from HowStuffWorks.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

So when caught in the rain, woodpeckers turn into punk rockers?

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - I love child-logic! Thanks for sharing this : ). How beautifully descriptive, too.

Cruella Collett said...

Haha, oh, your kids crack me up. Even more than other people's kids, actually, so either your kids are funnier or their mother is a better storyteller than most I encounter. I suspect it is a combination :)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Ha ha, woodpeckers were punk before punk was in style!

Lydia Kang said...

Woodpeckers have a great style, and it's not subject to humidity. I'm jealous.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Diane - apparently they do!!!

@ Margot- it is a perfect description, come to think of it.

@ Cruella- *laughs* I guess I am a more faithful documentorian (is that even a word?).
Or maybe because they get the response they want, my kids aren't scared to say what they think.

@ Debra- absolutely. Maybe that is where they got their ideas from - the punk rockers, I mean. Even the beat could be the right one.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Lydia - I am pretty jealous of their well groomed look too.

KarenG said...

That is so cute!! Kids are the best. I wish I'd written down all the clever things my kids came up with when they were little. My mom told me to but I never had time. I was too busy raising them.

dipali said...

Your kids are just too cute!

Jan Morrison said...

I love your kids and your drabbles!
come on over to Living the Complicated Simple Life for an award!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Woodpunkers! I like it.

Jemi Fraser said...

I love the connections kids make! Love it :)

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Such lovely drabbles, you are very good at these, Thanks for sharing.

Ellie said...

I love this; I love the views of a child. Their insight is so keen~
I have a little something for you on my blog, come visit me ;-D

Ann said...

How could you not have known that. Amazing child logic isn't it. Too sweet and precious for words really.

Theres just life said...

When we see the world through the eyes of a child, it helps us put things in perspective. Just found your site through Barbara and Deb's site. Love it, thanks.

Jayne said...

Aw. children just see the world perfectly. And who is to say they are wrong? I think that is exactly why woodpeckers have spiky hair! Love these drabbles by the way. :)

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ KarenG- I used to keep a journal for the kids, but now that I have started blogging, I have been neglecting that. Must take a back up, though, just in case.

@ Dipali- I have to agree. Not sure if all kids are cute or not, but these two are.

@ Jan- thank you for the Award, Jan.

@ Alex- that's a nice image, isn't it?

@ Jemi- they are so cued in, it makes them seem almost delusional.

@ Yvonne - thank you.

@ Ellie- kids are amazing, aren't they? And thank you.

@ Ann- made me feel really stupid, it did!

@ Theres just life- thanks for visiting. And yes, nobody understands perspective as much as kids do.

@ Jayne- oh no, they are perfectly right. Those spikes couldn't have come otherwise.


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