Sunday, February 19, 2012

Have You Been Spayed?

This whole dog thing has already provided my children with a couple learning experiences. For one, Londyn has learned how to effectively mop my laundry room floor on her hands and knees. Two, they have both learned the meaning of spayed. It's always fun explaining new concepts to first and second graders. In case you didn't know, once you adopt a pet, you have to immediately schedule a vet visit for it to be spayed or neutered. Well, since nothing goes unnoticed around here, the girls were crazy with questions. Once we explained it, they understood the concept quite well, and have used their new vocabulary word on a variety of occasions in some rather interesting contexts. It must be weighing heavily on their minds, particulary Skylar's, because she even wrote a story about it that I will include at the end of this post. The weekend following her surgery we were out with some friends eating dinner, and started talking about my friend's sister. It was somehow brought up that she wasn't sure if she wanted to have kids. Skylar who likes to think she is an adult and is always seeking to interject into adult conversation looks very seriously at my friend and asks "So, is she going to be spayed?" Well, it only makes sense, right? If you don't want to have kids, you should be spayed! The next day, she proceeded to write a story called The Hen That Couldn't Lay Eggs. Hmmm...Wonder where that's going?

For your reading pleasure:

The Hen That Couldn't Lay Eggs

By: Skylar Lawrence

Once upon a time there was a hen. She never layed any eggs, so the farmer decided to sell her. But nobody ever bought her. The farmer said, "I think I know why nobody bought her. It's because they know she won't lay eggs." That night the hen couldn't sleep that well knowing that nobody liked her just because she didn't lay eggs. So that night she left the barn and went into the woods and found another hen. The other hen said "What is your name?" The hen said, "Gabriella." The other one said, "Hi Gabriella, I'm Kayleigh. Your chicks are adorable!". Gabriella said, "Thank you, but you look sad. What's wrong?" Kayleigh said, "Nobody likes me because I don't lay eggs." Gabriella said, "I think I know what's wrong. I think you probably got spayed before the farmer bought you." "Oh, Thank you!" Kayleigh said and she lived happily ever after.

I guess she just needed to know what the problem was! Anyway, I think we've moved on. I hope we've moved on.

On a completely other note, I love that both of my girls like to write. I hate that neither of them are interested in my helpful suggestions for improvement:( Maybe some day!


Chrissy said...

Love the story! :)

Brooke said...

LOL! This is hilarious! Oh, the minds of children...I can just see her asking your friend if her sister is going to be spayed, hahahaha....I love it!

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