Say What?

A few weeks ago, after teaching a lovely piano lesson, I walked the student to the front door to see her off. She had arranged with her mother to walk home that week instead of getting picked up, so I sent her off with a valuable piece of advice that got my through my own childhood:

“‘Bye! Thanks for coming! Don’t get kidnapped!”

She waved goodbye offhandedly, desperate to escape her piano lessons for another glorious week, and headed off down the walkway. I could almost hear her thinking, “Yeah, yeah, whatever, you psycho.” (I’m pretty sure I like my piano students more than they like me.)

A moment later, however, she stopped, turned halfway back toward me, and asked with a completely straight face, “What’s kidnapped?”

“What’s kidnapped?” she said, as if she was asking the waiter to please explain the concept of foie gras. For all she knew, I was speaking Mandarin, and kidnapped was the verb of the day.

Oh, sweet innocence of childhood in Mayberry: I will never know you for myself, but how I delight to observe you in others.

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6 Responses to Say What?

  1. Alaina says:

    aw, that’s too sweet…such innocence…unfortunately working in the urban child protective services I lost that innocence a long freaking time ago…

  2. Amy says:

    Haha I know her mother actually gave her a long glorious speech about strangers and running and screaming if they talked to her right before she went to piano.
    p.s. She loves you and tells me all the time how much she enjoys coming. She has also informed me that I need to dress cuter like you do.

  3. chelsie says:

    NO WAY! That is insane… I wish I was that innocent.

  4. Granmama says:

    I guess it is a safe place to raise kids. I have been watcvhing too many “Without a Trace” and “Criminal Minds” to believe this! —even in Mayberry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. So I have to know – did you shatter her innocence? Did she cry? Did you lie and say it was when strangers offer you delicious candy and life gets awesome?

  6. Whitney says:

    That seriously is so funny!! I mean come on! I hope she stays in Mayberry her whole life or she is going to be in complete shock to see how the world really is. Oh to be young and innocent.

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