A ticklish situation

School was new to him.  His school didn’t have a kindergarten so he was having his first school experience in first grade.  So far he was enjoying it, especially the recesses where he had the opportunity to play with lots of new friends.

That was many years ago but he does still have a couple of vivid memories from that time.

Like his first experience with store-bought milk.  He lived on a farm where they had dairy cows, so fresh milk was what they drank.  He remembers that the first time he drank the homogenized milk at school, it was so different from what he was used to that he threw up.  But he soon got used to it, and found out that he really enjoyed the lunches at school.  Thus began a long tradition of him making friends with the ladies who did the cooking in the cafeteria. They liked him because he was a good little eater (and I assume just a likable little boy) and he liked them, well, because they made him lunch every day!

His other memory is one in the classroom.  They were having a play time in their classroom when the teacher stepped out the door a minute.

He and some others decided to play hide-and-seek.  The kid who was “it” had already started counting so he quickly looked around for somewhere to hide. There was a cubby hole that he could climb into … perfect.  He crawled as far back as he could into the cubby hole and sat perfectly still in hopes “it” wouldn’t find him.

But suddenly everything changed when the teacher walked back into the room! She told everyone to return to their seats and she walked to her desk and sat down.

OH-OH!  He was trapped in the cubby hole of the teacher’s desk!  And then she kicked off her shoes!  Well, he was just a little kid and even though it had surprised him to get trapped under there, he wasn’t so worried that he could resist what came naturally to a fun-loving little boy — he gently tickled the bottom of one of her stockinged feet.

Well, that got a response!! The teacher shrieked and jumped up!  Then she looked under her desk, fully expecting to see a mouse but just saw a sheepish little boy, who wasn’t sure what to do next.

As soon as the teacher realized what had happened, she laughed out loud so, of course, the whole class laughed too.  And the little “tickler” was just relieved he wasn’t in trouble.

In case you haven’t guessed, the little boy was Hubby, and I’ve repeated this tickling story many times because I think it is so cute.  But what made me think about it recently was when a story was on the national news about a first grader who was suspended from school because he told his teacher she was cute!  That makes me sad and to long for the days when little boys weren’t punished for doing innocent things that come naturally to little boys.

21 Responses to A ticklish situation

  1. Susie Briggs says:

    Sandi, this is SO sweet! Uncle was a really cute li’l kid too! 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    Thanks, Susie. 🙂

  3. C. Beth says:

    I love that story–especially the teacher’s reaction! So great that she saw the humor and didn’t punish him.

  4. Sandra says:

    Beth — You’re right. I guess that’s what makes it such a sweet story. Today he might have been suspended!

  5. Linda says:

    I’ve heard this tale before, but it’s a charming one and worth hearing more than once. Teaching school was different in those days, I think. And that’s a mighty cute picture of your Hubby. What teacher could have resisted such a charmer?

  6. Hilary says:

    That’s a great story, Sandra. Such a sweet gesture.. the teacher must have hooted. Remind me to send you a story that Frank wrote about when he was in school, He was a little older, a lot less innocent and just about as funny.

  7. Barb Fischer says:

    Wonderful story!! And, yes, this would have been treated differently today. How sad that would be!

  8. Sandra says:

    Linda — Well, of course you have. You couldn’t be my friend if you got impatient when you heard a story again and again! 🙂 I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one charmed by that cute little face. 🙂

    Hilary — Thank you. I would love to hear Frank’s story — send away, please! 🙂

    Barb — I find it sad too that life is no longer simple for children — much less adults!

    I saw you as you were leaving Edie’s funeral, but we were already in the funeral procession. Sorry we didn’t get to talk. What a great lady she was.

  9. Dave says:

    A nice story Sandra. Yes, how sad that our world and attitudes have changed so radically? – Dave

  10. Stephen Hayes says:

    Such a sweet story, and one that really sheds light on a simpler time. You are an excellent writer, and I like the idea of mixing humor and faith. I just found your blog and I think it’s great. I hope you’ll visit me sometime at Chubby Chatterbox. I think we might have a lot in common.

  11. Tabor says:

    An excellent reminder of how we are getting just too crazy in this world.

  12. Sandi says:

    Great story and I thank Hilary for leading me here. I live just a bit away from where this story took place and I agree, Political Correctness is going overboard these days. It really makes life hard to deal with when you have to worry about your children going to school and it’s more than the bullies that you have to worry about…well deserved POTW
    Sandi

  13. Pearl says:

    Awwww! What a nice story!

    Over from Hilary. Congrats on being named POTW!

    Pearl

  14. TexWisGirl says:

    awww. congrats on your POTW!

  15. A very nice story to share

  16. Sandra says:

    Steve — Thank you! I’ll be sure to come over for a visit.

    Tabor — You are so right. When you consider what the world is like now, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry! 🙂

    Sandi — I totally agree and am thankful that I’m not having to raise children now. And my prayers are with all of those who are!

    Pearl — Thank you. 🙂

    TexWisGirl — Thank you. 🙂

    Out on the Prairie — Thank you, I enjoyed sharing it. When Hubby read this, he just said, “My life is an open book!” I didn’t mention it, but I thought he had figured THAT out soon after I started blogging over four years ago! 🙂

  17. Linda says:

    I hate to say it, but Hubby’s life was an open book BEFORE you started blogging. 🙂

    Congratulations on POTW.

  18. Sandra says:

    Linda — I don’t think I’ll tell him you said that. Why bore (scare?) him with the truth. 🙂

  19. carlahoag says:

    Wonderful story, Sandra. He was a cute little boy – hope I don’t get suspended from your comments, 🙂

  20. Sandra says:

    Carla — Don’t worry. This is a PC-free site. 🙂

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