Eavesdropping Snippet

As we walked out to the bus today, I walked alongside two of my third grade boys who were having a conversation.  I don’t think either one realized I was listening.

“My bus driver smokes. When she talks on the loud speaker, her voice is as raspy as a train. It’s like the bus shakes.”

“Really?” said the other boy.  They chuckle.

“Yeah. And she’s so crabby. She’s always crabby. We call her Debbie Downer.” He laughs. “The funny thing is. . . her name really is Debbie! It’s like she was born to be a Debbie Downer!”

I finally acknowledge that I am listening.

“Maybe what you need to do is say something nice to her. That might make her happy,” I suggest.

“Nah. She can’t hear. She’s like 900 years old.”

Nine year olds. What a clear description of the bus driver.

I think I’ll tuck it away for a story one day.


I’m participating in twowritingteachers March Challenge of posting a blog post every day for the month of March.  To check out other writers, visit here.

4 thoughts on “Eavesdropping Snippet

  1. Hahahaha, she’s like 900 years old. You were made to hear this and intervene… “Maybe what you need to do is say something nice to her. That might make her happy,” That makes me happy to hear. Great thing to say to the boys. What caught me for a moment is when you wrote that you might save this for a story one day. That is an idea! Back when I taught gifted, we used to publish books at the end of the year. One year my theme was “living like a writer” and I would ask them questions in their weekly DOL or journaling about different writing things and keep some logs from my conferences with me. I compiled the best into my book for the class. It was a hit and ended up being so fun. Your slice reminded me of how I had that inspiration just like you had in your slice on day in class. Thanks for sharing this one 🙂


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