How I Figured Out My Daughter Was NOT Switched at Birth

So then…she unpacks her backpack on the kitchen table and begins prattling about her school day.

“So Mom, you know Mrs. Reed?”

“Yep – 5th grade English, right?” I say as I cut up an apple with peanut butter for her snack.

Chloe stacks her books on the homework table, then comes over to the counter to face me.

She says, “At the beginning of class today, Mrs. Reed stood up and said, ‘Class, today we’re going to talk about nouns. Different types of nouns, when and how to use nouns, and why they’re important. We’re not going to talk about anything else but NOUNS today. It’s just going to be NOUNS, NOUNS, NOUNS.’ I raised my hand and said, ‘So…no verbs, then?’

I burst out laughing. “Chloe, that’s hilarious! Did she laugh?”

“No!” exclaims Chloe. “She took me seriously. I was mortified! She just gave me an annoyed look and said, ‘No, Chloe, we’re just going to talk about nouns — like I was slow or something.”

I try to look sympathetic, but I’m cracking up.

I can just see my daughter pulling off a mock innocent question like that – “So…no verbs, then?”

But Chloe looks incensed that the teacher thought she was inept enough to miss the point of the “ALL NOUNS, ALL DAY” speech.

I ask her if at least the students laughed. She says, “Only two kids got it and laughed. The rest of them just looked at me with pity!”

I give her a huge hug and laugh softly into her hair. “Oh honey, give them time to get to know your sense of humor. Before long, you’ll only need to silently raise an eyebrow and everyone will crack up knowing what you’re thinking. You are absolutely HILARIOUS.”

She leans back, smiles at me, and raises an eyebrow.

–Darcy Perdu

(So what personality traits did YOUR kids inherit from YOU? What skills, talents, habits — come on, ‘fess up – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Any funny stories you recall about your teachers – or your kids’ teachers? Share a Story or a Comment below. I LOVE to read your comments!)

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12 replies on “How I Figured Out My Daughter Was NOT Switched at Birth

  1. Ha Ha..cute story. Mrs. Reed is a little slow on the uptake…is she (Mrs. Reed) smarter than a 5th grader? ha!

  2. I was studying Japanese when my kids were young & I guess they heard me practicing. My older son was in band in middle school. His teacher asked them to count to four before they started playing to get the rhythm. He–& the rest of the students–were surprised when my little Caucasian Jewish kid said, “Iche, ni, san, shi”!!

  3. Stephanie R Awesome said:

    I have two daughters, ages 1 and 2 years old. My two year old is a carbon copy of me. She is terrified of things like bugs and anything new and barks orders to her young sister all the time.
    She even inherited my grace, or I should say lack of grace, and falls all the time!! :(
    But at least she didn’t get my ears – THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT!!

  4. That is so funny! What a clever girl. My oldest gets my stubbornness from me, unfortunately :)

  5. Mary L. Waitt said:

    Got my chuckle for today after reading the So Then Story.

  6. My son has my knack for perfectly used cuss words.
    At around 2 or 2 1/2 years old, he was getting mad at one of his toys. I asked him what was wrong, because he had just launched the offending toy at the wall and he yells, “She’s a bitch!” There was nothing to do but laugh, because obviously the toy was a bitch!

    He also has my husband’s lack of patience and my road rage, which is lovely to hear him tell a car in front of us “Green means GO, you know!” from the back seat.

    He’s the perfect blend of everything that is wrong with my husband and I. I’m sure our parents are so happy he’s our son and they aren’t raising him :)
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  7. Jamie said:

    I have the very same eyebrow trait! My coworkers are always talking about my “impeccable eyebrow” and the way it can silence a room quicker than a silent fart. My husband has conceded many an argument to the brow, and he had wondered aloud many times when I would meet my match. I have a beautiful and amazingly fun 6 month old son. He is all the good things my husband and I have to offer. He looks a lot like me right now. Right down to that tiny little eyebrow. He can’t even talk, and he manages to convey everything he needs to say with just a twitch of that brow. “Really Mom, peas again?” “You’re tickling me. Again. Is this supposed to be for my amusement?” “Of course I’ve shat my pants again. If you knew the answer, why ask the question?” I have met my match!

  8. Clever fifth grader!
    I hope my kids get my sense of humor, they’ll be hilarious!

  9. Dana said:

    Aww! That’s wonderful, that she inherited your great humor!