Friday, December 5, 2008

Snail Mail

The term "snail mail" came up in my class earlier this week.

As is often my custom, instead of giving an outright answer when one of my students asks me what something means, I tried to lead my students to the answer. After the typical 10 year old response of "Is it mail that a snail delivers?" was shot down I decided to help my class figure it out by giving them a hint.

So, thinking this would totally give it away I said..............

It's how I used to send mail to friends when I was your age.

One little boy in my class immediately got a really excited look on his face and raised his hand high- complete with the "Oooh, oooh, oooh" sound effect.

I called on him, feeling confident that my hint had helped him figure it out and he said...........................

It's mail delivered on a horse, right? Like the Pony Express?

Um......excuse me?

I know I'm not a spring chicken and could even be called oldish but exactly how old do I look?

The Pony Express ran in 1860.

Good night nurse.

If you'll excuse me now......I'm off to buy some wrinkle cream.


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