Some children are exposed to things that can frighten any normal adult, and when you are a schoolteacher you have many chances to encounter such children and end up speechless.
An example of this can be found in this joke from Mr. Funny, even if it comes from fiction. It all started with a classroom full of elementary school students who had an assignment.
A teacher told her young class to ask their parents for a family story with a moral at the end of it, and to return the next day to tell their stories.
In the classroom the next day, Joe gave his example first. “My dad is a farmer and we have chickens,” the child started.
“One day we were taking lots of eggs to market in a basket on the front seat of the truck when we hit a big bump in the road; the basket fell off the seat and all the eggs broke,” he said.
“The moral of the story is not to put all your eggs in one basket,” the student concluded.
“Very good,” said the teacher. Next, Mary said, “We are farmers too. We had twenty Eggs waiting to hatch, but when they did we only got ten chicks. The moral of this story is not to count your chickens before they’re hatched.”
“Very good,” said the teacher again, very pleased with the response so far. And then came Barney’s turn to tell his story.
“My dad told me this story about my Aunt Karen. Aunt Karen was a flight engineer in the war and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory and all she had was a bottle of whiskey, a machine gun, and a Machete,” it began.
“Go on,” said the teacher, intrigued. “Aunt Karen drank the whiskey on the way down to prepare herself; then she landed right in the middle of a hundred enemy soldiers.”
“She killed seventy of them with the machine gun until she ran out of bullets. Then she killed twenty more with the machete, until the blade broke. Then, she killed the last ten with her bare hands,” concluded Barney.
“Good heavens,” said the horrified teacher, “What did your father say was the moral of that frightening story?”
To which the child responded: “Stay away from Aunt Karen when she’s been drinking.”
Children do say the darnest things. Sometimes they know too much for their own good, and other times they are just too smart for some adults to cope with.
If you want to enjoy another hilarious example at children being children, follow this link to read about an 8-year-old who outsmarted not only his teacher but also the school’s principal.