people say things…

tamir update…
May 5, 2010, 12:05 pm
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…from kim.  miss kim had tamir on her lap last week during the lesson.  they talked about love the whole time and at the end, she asked, “now…what did we talk about today?  i’ll give you a hint…it starts with an ‘L’.” he turns around and says with certainty, “elephant.”  gotta love him.


khahira and zakaya…
May 5, 2010, 11:56 am
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…like to eat.  specifically, snow crabs.  we take a couple of the girls out sometimes for some special attention.  miss tiffany (pictured with these two) asked me to come along on their first outing.  i had no idea what i was in for.  we asked them where they wanted to go and in unison, they responded, “ruby buffet.”  now, i’ve heard kids talk about ruby before.  i knew it was a favorite, but i always avoided going because the only buffets i trust tend to be run by amish people, mennonite at the least.  but, we obliged them and headed to delaware ave.  on the way there, we realize that the main attraction was the snow crabs.  and were they ever.

the girls poised themselves strategically at the outer edge of the booth, sitting with empty plates in their hands, asking the staff every 30 seconds if the crabs were coming out soon.  as soon as the steaming bucket came out from the swinging doors, the sprinted to the buffet table, jumping in front of a couple older men.  i decided to not supervise the number of crab legs they grabbed.  oops.  they came back with heaping plates and i could hear voices from the buffet table saying, “there ain’t any left!”

when they realized they weren’t going to finish even half of what they took, they called a woman over and asked for a box.  i laughed and said, the only thing we can get “to go” is an ice cream cone.  if we would have let them, they would have stuffed their pockets with buttery crab meat.  gross.

April 26, 2010, 3:02 pm
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…is ticklish.  and says hilarious things.

last week, we were walking to soccer practice, hand in hand.  she looks up at me and says, “miss rachel…what be the color of yo tummy??”
me: the same color as the rest of me!
saaliah: oh, so white puerto rican?
me: is that what color the rest of me looks like?
saaliah: yeah, but i dunno if you is…say sumthin in spanish.
me: hola senorita!
saaliah: so you iiiiiiis puerto rican!

April 20, 2010, 11:45 pm
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…knows an unbelievable amount of information about animals.  and the wwe.  today, we were playing memory at the mission.  a small boy (who shall remain nameless because he is about to be horribly embarrassed in this story) came over and asked if he could play too.  hippo shouted no and growled (“did i sound like a tiger that time miss rachel?!)  the kid who was denied participation rights sulked over to the other side of the room.  i asked hippo why he couldn’t play with us.  his reply? “i can’t stand that kid. he always fartin on me!” i actually agreed with his decision to not let him play…farting in general is funny.  being farted ON…not so much.

April 18, 2010, 4:33 pm
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…is from philadelphia and hangs out at the mission sometimes.

tamir has a lot of energy.  he never runs in a straight line, or sits still, or speaks in coherent sentences.  i would love to know his thoughts because i think it would help me understand him more.  whatever is going on inside that head, i’m a fan of it.  the first time i ever met him, he ran up to me and hugged me screaming, “i missed you!”

yesterday, his moods were all over the place.  i got to hang out with him while we were on the upswing from a temper tantrum, so i can’t complain.  adam left me with him for a couple minutes while he walked some kids home.  he picked some old dandelions and blew the whiskers into the wind.  i asked him if he knew what they were, hoping he would point to the fresh yellow dandelions at his feet.  instead, he said, “they are wishes!”

i told him to make a wish and i would take a picture so he could remember it.  after i snapped a couple, i showed him the image on my camera and said, “who is that?” and he goes, “jay-z…duh.”  again, i’m a fan.