For those of you who know me. My name is Mrs. Long. Nothing fancy; just Long. I have people ask me all the time, “how do you spell that?” Long, just Long.
Well, I was teaching a kindergarten class, the first time I had saw these students. One student was looking at me funny. I said, ” are you okay?” He said, ” You know, your not very long for being named Mrs.Long.” With this statement, he gestured up and down vertically with his hands like he was outlining the edges of a piece of lumber.
I paused and stared.
I am not very long, 5’7″, but I am not short. I am most definitely not straight like a board, not the classic hour glass either, but definitely not lumpy and bumby like an oversized caterpillar. I am thinking of the one on “A Bug’s Life.” Not him at all.
I wasn’t sure , but I swear that kid called me fat without using those words. I smiled holding back my laugh and said, ” yes your right, I am not long. That just happens to be my name.” The kid said, ” okay.” And on with class we went. Kids say the darndest things!