Thursday, February 21, 2013
Overheard: Smells Like Preschool Spirit
Today Miss A mentioned that another girl in their preschool class had said something not very nice to her. After a little prodding from me, Miss A finally confessed that the girl told her she smelled like a monkey.
I stifled a grin, then asked if the girls knew the alternate version of the happy birthday song -- you know, the one that ends with the always clever line, "You look like a monkey, and you smell like one, too."
In spite of their obvious distress over the initial insult, they started to giggle about the song. So I asked Pippi to take a big deep sniff and double-check if Miss A did in fact smell like a monkey. Here is the delightful conversation that ensued.
Pippi: You do NOT smell like a monkey. You smell like a unicorn!
Miss A: And YOU smell like a hairbow! No, a pony! [Note: I took that to be the My Little Pony scent, as opposed to the horse manure fragrance.]
P: No, I don't, silly. Tell me I smell like a princess!
A: You smell like a princess! No... a QUEEN!
P: No... my mommy smells like a queen! I smell like a princess and my daddy smells like a king and my brother smells like a knight.
So, in the spirit of positive preschool thinking, we're rewriting the song: "Happy birthday to you! You wear a tutu! You look like a princess, and you smell like one, too!"