Apathy Jack writes:
Alright, so how is it that when I say: “Are you scared of praying mantises?” and the reply comes “Yes.” and I say “Well then you’d better hold still for a minute while I...” – it is taken as time to shriek like an air-raid siren and dervish wildly around the classroom into several desks, the wall and a cupboard?
Seriously, what do these children think “hold still for a minute” means?
(Of course, I understand their suspicion – when I chase them with a bat, angrily yelling “I just want to talk to you!” they know I’m not telling the truth, so it’s easy to see where some confusion may have arisen...)
Of course, I did get to say the phrase “Don’t break the praying mantis!” - which probably very few other people did, so today is a win.