Why you should check your kid’s homework

Miss Smith asked her second graders to draw a picture showing what they wanted to be when they grew up. Madeleine Martin, seven years old, turned in this drawing:

Miss Smith was shocked. She sent a note home to the girl’s mother asking for clarification.

The following day the teacher received this reply:

Dear Miss Smith,

I wish to assure you that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer. I work at Home Depot, and I told Madeleine how hectic it was last week right before the big blizzard hit. We thought we’d sold every snow shovel we had in stock, but then I found one more in the back room, and several customers were fighting over who would get it. Madeleine’s drawing doesn’t show me dancing around a pole. It shows me selling the last snow shovel Home Depot had. From now on I will check her homework more carefully before she turns it in.

Mrs. Martin

4 Responses to Why you should check your kid’s homework

  1. Funny! Thanks for the laugh!
    At first I thought “Oh, that’s nice …” that a little girl wants to be like her mom in this day and age – usually taught to disrespect parents. After reading your letter to the teacher and “really looked” at the crayon picture I ‘got it!’ The importance of words, as well as the picture … fuller meaning!


  2. cmblake6 says:

    Brilliant! Loved it!


  3. http://www.snopes.com/embarrass/mistaken/shovel.asp

    I was looking for a higher-res version of the drawing, and this appeared in my search results.


  4. My first thought that the woman was a welfare mom raking in money.


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