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I am teaching Kids Yoga again for a couple weeks. I love it, mainly because they are so funny.

This week we talked about Ganesh and I tried to tell the cleanest, least violent version of how he got his elephant head while emphasizing the sweets and the rat skateboard.

Girl 1: Where is the rat?

(I point it out on a picture I am holding)

Boy #1: Oh I see it. So, what do you think his dad used to cut off his head?

Boy #2: Probably a knife.

Stan: It doesn’t matter really, it is more important that he has an elephant head now.

Boy #1: Besides you can’t cut off a head with a knife.

Boy #2: Yes you can.

Stan: Really it is about  his new head though.

Boy #1: No you can’t, you would have to cut through lungs and stuff.(Indicates neck and makes a cutting motion by his throat).

Boy #2: A really sharp knife.

Stan: Let’s get back to Ganesh at craft time.

Boy # 1 (considers): Maybe a really sharp knife

Craft Time

Stan ( to Boy #1): Which Ganesh colouring page would you like?

Boy # 1: Oh, I don’t want one. Could you tell me the story about how he got his head cut off one more time?

12 comments

Julia

January 23rd, 2012

I am with the boy #1: Could you tell the story one more time?

LI Ashtangini

January 23rd, 2012

This made me laugh.

stan

January 23rd, 2012

Julia – it involves an extremely sharp knife. xo

stan

January 23rd, 2012

Li Ash – At first I felt a little flustered because we were supposed to be having a nice yoga class and we were talking about decapitation methods. But, you know, half the class are boys – so we have to broach the subject at some point.

raven

January 24th, 2012

hilarious… say, stan, watching cow vids this morning has made me manifest this beautiful post and video… http://docakilah.wordpress.com/2012/01/23/jazz-for-cows/ is the revolution upon us? haha

Michelle

January 24th, 2012

I am sure Emma would not have asked about the decapitation part…. the girl can stomach any form of thrill ride at an amusement park, but put her in range of a scary story and she freaks. This made me think of the following top 5 lists (in the style of High Fidelity)

Top 5 movies that has made Emma run screaming from the room:
5. Toy Story 3 (the metal melting room)
4. Kung Fu Panda (glowing tiger eyes)
3. The Incredibles (general “bad guy”)
2. Heidi (grandpa going to jail)
1. Ann of Green Gables (who knows, but I didn’t get to see the end)

Top 5 movies that miraculously do not scare the bejesus out of her:
5. Despicable Me (shes claims there are no bad guys in it… I say “but they are ALL bad guys!”)
4. Annie (never mind the kidnapping and near death parts)
3. Wall-E (people being too large to move scares me but it doesn’t faze her!)
2. The Sound of Music (not even the Nazi’s scare her)
1. Madagascar (come on…. the premise stems around the lion trying to convince himself NOT to EAT his best friend?!)

stan

January 24th, 2012

Michelle – Ok. That was really funny. No, Emma did not ask about decapitation. Here are my top 5 scary movies that aren’t actually scary:
5. Mothman Prophecies – This movie is so dumb. I like Laura Linney, but Richard Gere? And why am I still so scared of this movie? I had trouble sleeping for months after I saw this. Lame.
4. Jeremy the Bear – really a television show that melded with a bad dream when I was 5, and now I think Jeremy the Bear involves some sort of claymation massacre.
3. Lassie – another tv show. But the baby ducks were on the track! And the train was coming! And I don’t know if Lassie will get there in time to save them! So, Many. Tears. And later much derision from my older sister.
2. Earthlings – I made it through about 20 seconds of the trailer, screamed, hid my face in my shirt and started sobbing. I later blogged about it because I was so mad about factory farming. Some people can watch the whole thing – go figure.
1. Casino – the vice scene. I am kind of mad at Martin Scorsese for making this movie and including the eye-pop out scene. I feel like i might need therapy after watching it.

stan

January 24th, 2012

Cows make such wonderful audience members. I am so impressed. Thank you Raven!! :)

raven

January 25th, 2012

hmmn. on furthur musings, perhaps it’s not so cute to furthur one’s musical career by enthralling imprisoned cows. hmmn. These guys probably don’t have it the same as the farm sanctuary crew. om

Lindsey

January 27th, 2012

welcome to boy-dom … just wait Miss Stan…just you wait and see what that precious angelic little man comes home with, despite all your efforts and positive influences! lol I promise your head will shake :)

stan

January 29th, 2012

Raven – maybe we could think about it as a little respite from a difficult life. Cows are always a very willing audience – maybe they need a little distraction.

stan

January 29th, 2012

Lindsey – Hahaha! I kind of loved that about our conversation. Knowing that I will discuss decapitation with Holden. You should have seen the looks on the girls faces. They weren’t disgusted – just bored – like why are we talking about heads rolling AGAIN? So funny.

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