A class of kindergarteners were adjusting to life in the more mature first grade in the quaint little hamlet of Willowbrook. The primary obstacle they encountered during the adjustment was the teacher’s stern insistence that they speak in “big people” terminology rather than baby jargon. Mrs. Thompson, their instructor, was committed to fostering their development as language users.
One day, Mrs. Thompson asked Chris, “Chris, what did you do over the weekend?” during a sharing session.
Chris said, his eyes wide, “I went to visit my Nana.”
Mr. Thompson was gently corrected by Mrs. Thompson, who grinned: “No, Chris, you went to see your GRANDMOTHER. Keep in mind that we speak in big-people terms.
Mitchell was the next kid on the list. “I took a ride on a choo-choo!” he said, beaming with pleasure as he described his adventure.
Mitchell, it’s not a choo-choo, it’s a TRAIN, Mrs. Thompson told him while maintaining her calm demeanour. Big words are being used here.
It was Bobby’s time at last. His wide face was flushed with determination as he inhaled deeply. He said with assurance, “I read a book,” when Mrs. Thompson inquired as to what he had done.
Mrs. Thompson’s eyes glowed with delight as she noted Bobby’s development. That’s fantastic, Bobby! How about the book you read?
Bobby stared Mrs. Thompson in the eye and his little chest puffed up with pride. After a brief pause, he said, “Winnie the Shit,” projecting an innocent and sincere expression.
Only a few muffled laughter from Bobby’s classmates broke the momentary startled hush in the classroom. Mrs. Thompson struggled to contain her laughter, but she couldn’t help but laugh out loud as well.
Bobby noticed something wasn’t right and looked about bewildered, not quite understanding why his response had brought about such an odd response.
Oh, Bobby! Mrs. Thompson said after regaining her composure and control over her laughter. Actually, it’s “Winnie the Pooh.” But I appreciate you sharing.
Bobby’s honest mistake became a humorous incident that will be warmly recalled for years, and the classroom burst out in laughter. Since that time, the term “Winnie the Shit” has been cherished among the students as a remembrance of their transition from using baby talk to big people terms and the humour that went along with it.