Wednesday, October 20, 2010

i can get you one of those

One of my mum's first jobs as an art teacher was at a small primary school in Coleraine. She was looking at nature and the natural world with her P5 class of 8 and 9 year olds. The school was in quite a rural area and a lot of the children lived on farms, so she asked if any of them could get hold of a sheep's skull to bring in for the class to examine and draw. One little boy enthusiastically put his hand up and said his Daddy could get one.
The next morning Mum was on Playground Duty before school. The youngster marched excitedly up to her and presented her with a black plastic bin liner, saying, "here you go Mrs. Gordon!" Mum opened the bag and looked inside. A freshly severed sheep's head looked back up at her. It emerged the child's father worked in an abattoir. She politely thanked the boy but informed him that actually they probably wouldn't be needing it after all and that he should probably just take it home.
here you go Mrs. Gordon

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