Sunday, March 26, 2006

Politically Incorrect

David received a set of Wayside School books by Louis Sachar for Chanukah.  They are silly and funny and perfectly suit an 8-year-old's sense of humor.  The other night at bedtime, I read him a chapter that began with the following sentence:  Sharie brought a hobo to school for show-and-tell.  By the time I got to the second page, he was asbolutely cackling and I was laughing so hard that I had to call Ritu into the room to finish reading. 

The next morning, David wanted to bring the book to school because one of his friends thinks hobos are hiliarious.  By this point, I was starting to feel a bit on the politically incorrect side and decided to do my parental duty by clarifying the difference between hobos and homeless people.  (And let me tell you, I have yet to find the specifics of this distinction in any parenting book).  I began by saying, "You know, David, there are hobos and then there are--"  Proud of his knowledge, he immediately interrupted me and filled in:  "HILLBILLIES!"

4 comments:

hallcjm said...

<snort!>
Give the boy a taste of Hee-Haw in honor of the late Buck Owens.

foilhat16 said...

We loved those books here.  So, hobo is like a vocational calling?  

mazeway said...

Of course hobo is a calling.  It's Ben's calling.  He said in preschool that he wanted to be a "guy who sleeps outside on the ground with the bugs" when he grew up.  Maybe Lily can bring him for show and tell.  LOVE the Wayside books.  We read them on a long car trip and we were all howling.

jbear97 said...

I'm rolling.. you just gotta love kids.  And I think I need these books. They sound great for Tori.