Monday, March 19, 2007

Santas, Fairies and Leprechauns, Oh My!

Being a teacher definitely keeps you up on the latest trends, and little kid fairytales. We've all heard of Santa Claus, that jolly fella who visits Christmas Eve and leaves presents if you are good. And of course, everyone knows the elusive lady herself--the Tooth Fairy. I'm sure I'm not the only kid who went to sleep wondering what in the world she did with all of those teeth! But have you heard, dear blogging world, of leprechauns? No, no, not the kind that frolick about near the proverbial pot o' gold. But leprechauns who visit houses, cause mischief and mayham and maybe leave behind a little sweet treat in the form of gold coins? Well, apparently they do exist. Or so I was informed today but at least ten of my current third graders.
One student solemnly reported that, while his entire family, except his Mom and dog, was away from home, a leprechaun rearranged all the furniture in the playroom and caused the dog to bark uncontrollably. Another let me know that the leprechaun that visited their house turned toilet water green and left gold coins scattered throughout the house. A third is hopeful that she caught a picture of the little guy after setting up what sounded like an elaborate Rube-Goldbergesque trap to take a photo. One student told an awed class that he caught the leprechaun but when he went to open his hands there was a gold coin instead. One more student awoke to Irish soda bread crumbs sprinkled all over the table and shamrock stickers affixed to all the slumbering members of the household.
Move over Santa....hold on Tooth Fairy, there's a new gig in town. And far be it from me to dash any hopes of eventually catching, or even spotting, the elusive little people in green!


Kelli said...

I remember in 1st grade, a leprechaun broke into our classroom and toppled over all the desk chairs and left green glitter in his wake.

You're not telling me that wasn't a real leprechaun are you?

KTP said...

That is actually a cute and fun tradition to start with my kids. I like it.

By the way, you don't have to put "Tina's sister" in your comments on my blog. I know who you are usually by your voice, but if I am ever confused, the link to your blog clears it right up. But if you want to continue to ID yourself like that, by all means, go ahead.

OddMix said...

This reminds me of the Cottingley Fairies.

Dianna said...

Hoe cute!!