Grade School Wisdom
One very enjoyable thing about sending your child off to elementary school is watching them learn those same pearls of playground wisdom that you remember from when YOU were a kid.
One fine example: The boy who turns his eyelids inside out.
And those kiddie urban legends: there’s spider eggs in bubble gum, and if you eat Pop Rocks and drink a soda you’ll explode.
Another example: those useful sayings that we heard on the playground as kids. I almost died laughing the other day when my daughter came home reciting this gem:
“Mamma Mia, Poppa Pia
Baby’s got the diarrhea
Grandma said it wouldn’t hurt
So I ate it for dessert.”
I remember hearing THAT one when I was in kindergarten, 27 years ago! I wonder if the kid who originally made it up knows it’s still around?
I’m sure we can all remember hearing these as well:
“Ta ra ra boom de ay,
I take your pants away
And while youre standing there
I’ll take your underwear.”
“Jimmy crap corn, and I don’t care”
“‘I’m Popeye the sailor man,
I live in a garbage can
I eat all the worms and I spit out the germs
I’m Popeye the sailor man.”
And finally, one that’s been around so long my mother remembers hearing it when SHE was in elementary school:
“There’s a place in France
where the naked ladies dance
But the men don’t care
Cause they wear no underwear.”