the Potato’s affright

Tonight, we had a family reading night at the Bee’s school, in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. It’s mostly organized by the teachers, with some of the parents (including yours truly) pitching in to help. The kids get all amped up from being at school at night, and having their parents and their friends and their teachers in the same place. It’s always a fun event, with crafts, a used book ‘store’, someone doing face painting, and other activities.

But the main attraction is that there are guest readers in all the classrooms reading stories to the kids. They’re usually people like the mayor, a firefighter, a local TV newsperson, etc. One of the guest readers this year was a local sports mascot–a guy dressed in a shark suit. At one point, landisdad and I were discussing whether he needed to take the Potato home to bed, when the shark came down the stairs and into the hall we were standing in. The Potato froze with his mouth open and eyes as round as two buttons.

The shark saw the Potato, and was doing some goofy stuff to me, trying to make him laugh, but all it did was freak the poor kid out more. When he finally left, I picked up the Potato, and he put his head down on my shoulder and buried his face in my neck. I think he thought the shark was going to eat me. All the way home, he kept saying to landisdad, “I scared of shark, Daddy.”


March 2, 2006. random other things. 9 comments.