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The Boy Teacher and the Father Student 19 (Dodge Ball to China to Plagiarism)

Updated on March 30, 2018
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Eric started working with children when he was still one himself. He taught first aid through Scouting. All the way to preaching to youth.

I Was So Much Older Then, I Am Younger Than That Now.

I still have a ways to go to reach my full potential as a child.
I still have a ways to go to reach my full potential as a child. | Source

Second Graders Work Their Brains Really Hard

Sometimes the immediate conversations do not yield much for this series as the young boy fires a barrage of questions at you that have nothing to do with anything you were previously talking about. To me this is a bonus in life. You get to get into all kinds of hair brained ideas in a simple walk home from school.

I try to meditate every day. Nothing fancy just sitting with proper posture, deep breathing and clearing the mind of the clutter. Truth be told my little mind jumps around faster than my sons. Over time I have just learned to turn off the switch that goes directly to my mouth. Works for me, but should not be part of a young child’s lexicon outside of school. So off we go.

B: Dad is it ok to throw the ball hard at someone when we play dodge ball? I mean like up high.

D: You have me confused Gabe I thought that was exactly the way to play.

B: Yes but you could really hurt them.

D: Come on. I know you know how to pick and roll in B-Ball. And there is slamming going on. Soccer is the same kind of deal. Dodge ball has the same kind of risks. But if you want to win you throw hard and fast at the guy’s chest because that is the best target.

B: I guess that’s why we use “gator balls”.

D: Sorry son but is that really what they call them? Hold on while I laugh my butt off.

B: What is so funny?

D: Never mind.

B: We have a lot of stuff made in China. Like even this “Spinner” Jake gave me is from China.

D: What do you think about that?

B: I think it is weird. Why don’t we just make them?

D: Is the stuff from China better or worse than the stuff made here?

B: Especially toys – no way. They break.

D: That is called quality assurance. And that means that they have a system in place to make sure (assure) that the stuff is of good quality. That costs lots and lots of money. China just won’t make it a habit. We do. Think of it like how we, your mom and I and your teacher, proofread your work to make sure it is right. Same thing.

B: That stinks.

D: Who is the top boss?

B: Donald Trump.

D: Well he agrees with you. Where does the garbage go?

My Confusion

The End of Another Great Day

Loving Life.
Loving Life. | Source

Dumping and Stealing

B: To the dump in those cool trucks.

D: Dumping is also what we call it when folks sell us bad stuff.

B: I know this is weird but I kind of like the smell of garbage.

D: That is strange, maybe you should be one of those guys that get the stuff like cans and bottles out of garbage cans on the street.

B: That is for poor people.

D: So you think and so they look but some of those guys make around 100$ a day.

B: Wow!

D: You know those guys in the middle of the street, we call the median, begging. On real good days some of those guys make over 150$ a day, in a good spot and like around other people’s payday.

B: Mom does not have a payday, she just always has money to give them.

D: Mom has paydays it is all electronic. It goes from her bosses account to hers through the internet.

B: Oh so that is how she buys stuff from Amazon.

D: How do you know about Amazon?

B: I read the labels on packages to try to figure out if it is for me. Because mom sometimes lets me pick out something from there.

D: Interesting.

B: Did you know that big telescopes use mirrors? It is really cool.

D: I grew up about a mile away from where a guy named Percival Lowell discovered Pluto with a telescope with mirrors. Today Flagstaff does not have residential street lights. It is one of the darkest cities in the world. Most people use flashlights to go for walks at night.

B: No way that is cray cray. But I get it, it is so you can see stars at night. We should do that. But then you could not see bad guys. And it would be too scary to cross the street. Hey now I get it “doing good things comes with a price”, that is what you say all the time.

D: But where did you get that?

B: From a book. Or maybe a cartoon, that old guy on Ninjago. You can learn a lot from cartoons.

D: That is a fact, Amen.

B: What does Amen mean anyway?

D: Basically that you really agree with something.

B: I don’t think I will use it in school or with my friends, they would think that I am weird because you only say Amen in church.

D: Hey is that guy still cheating by taking answers off your tests?

B: Sometimes

D: What do you think of people stealing other people’s work?

B: Cheating is not stealing. Oh wait yes it is. Now I get it, that is what you mean when you get all mad that someone writes what you wrote. But you said you should not get mad because your sermons are for everyone. And once you told me that you stole it from the Bible.

D: Well when you put it altogether like that, I will have to think about it.

Rings True


The Fall Just Might See Our Rise.
The Fall Just Might See Our Rise. | Source

Be Happy, Be Crazy

B: Hey my Sunday school teacher said that getting mad at someone is an offense to God. I don’t think God gets offended. He loves us too much.

D: And who do we love?

B: Everyone.

D: Figure that one out all by yourself.

B: That will give me a headache.

D: Who told you that thinking too hard will give you a headache?

B: You. Oh that is one of those where you do not mean what you say. That sounds like lying to me.

D: Another time on that one.

D: Why do you keep skipping?

B: Cuz its fun. And it makes you happy.

D: Oh I thought you did it because you were happy.

B: Both. Like smiling.

B: Hey I do not have any homework for summer break.

D: You mean Spring break?

B: Ya, Ms. Seagal said that we are to read for twenty minutes a day and be nice to our family.

D: The principal came and told you that?

B: No she used the public address system. You know what that is, right?

D: Wow you are smart to know that.

B: Knowing what you are taught does not make you smart dad. It just means that you remember.

D: I don’t like that. I forget stuff all the time.

B: That’s OK because you are old.

D: Thanks a lot.

B: I am going to run the rest of the way home.

D: Thank God, you are wearing me out.

B: You always say that.

D: Because it is true.

B: See you at home old man.

Now if you are a normal person that conversation will make you crazy. That is part of the purpose here. Children’s minds, if allowed, are directly hotwired to the mouth. With no filter. Keeping up with them mentally is a challenge. I suggest it is a great dementia prevention method.

But it takes time and effort. And like when you get a jingle stuck in your head for a day, the questions stick with you and you replay them time and time again. Well it is a “cray cray” world up in our heads.

© 2018 Eric Dierker


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a great question. I am assuming 5 years old or thereabouts. Two days ago my 8 year old explained that he was really 4 when he was born because that is as far back as he can remember. Of course he was chuckling.

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      Larry W Fish 

      10 months ago from Raleigh

      This was an amazing conversation, Eric. You have an amazing way of saying things that teach the young and the old alike. I had to laugh at some parts of the conversation. I have 5 grand children and I remember some of the conversations when they were very young. I was at my son's home once for vacation. I was lying on their sofa when our one grandson came over to me and asked, "grandpa, do you have any children."

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill in Vietnam they have these large apartment buildings for upper white collar folks. And every night you could go watch near pro dodge ballers, probably even pros. Like three "courts" going on a once. And very cool that grade schoolers can still play a sport where not getting hurt is a priority but unlikely.

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      William Kovacic 

      10 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      You know how I love this series, Eric, but dodgeball? Hey, I was the dodgeball king in 5th grade. Brought back a lot of memories.Thank you, mu friend.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Manatita. Good Friday yesterday was a remarkable day together with my young one. It is funny about learning what you are told. Homework, especially vocabulary and math and reading comprehension are when you need to say "try and figure it out on your own first". Hopefully that might make him "smarter".

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Chitrangada Sharan. Preserving some of that youthful history is part of the impetus for this series. I hope it rekindles some of other peoples memories and gives encouragement to those living them today.

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      10 months ago from london

      I thought it was a classic when he said that knowing what you are taught do not make you smart.

      Its interesting to see the process of learning

      . About Amazon? PA systems and other stuff. Yes. Kids do wear us out.

      Getting mad at someone is an offence to God. Interesting one. You will get some more of the old man stuff, I'm afraid. Happy Easter!!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      10 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Such an interesting article and conversation! We can learn so much from the children. They are so truthful and honest in their opinion and thoughts. Childhood is perhaps the best phase of the human life.

      Your hub reminds me of the earlier days of my children.

      Thanks for sharing this interesting series!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby we just keep on learning. We may have had too much screen time today going from one search to another. Blue and Worm Moons are really fun to learn about. Thanks for coming by and letting me know.

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      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kari it is a great pleasure. I appreciate now so much more than I did in my twenties. He is off today for "Spring Day". Lord have mercy if they were to call it "Good Friday".

      He is almost as tall as his mom and closing in on as smart as his dad. We are in for a treat with this one.

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      10 months ago

      Kids are innocent and truthful. We learn from them. I enjoyed your question and answer with your son. A father and a student. COOL....

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      Kari Poulsen 

      10 months ago from Ohio

      I love reading your conversations. It makes me miss when my children were young. They are so much fun, and help us to see the world in a different light.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ya I love that song. That line sticks with me to remember to grow young.

      Thanks Bill.

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      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Linda, we are having a great Good Friday. Strange name for the day of Crucifixion. But we have studied it. Now we just have fun. Happy Easter weekend to you and yours.

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      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Frank. I tell you this stuff sticks with you. We just conversed about Mastodons and megaladons and Ice Age versus warm climate - dinosaur ages. And that led to the Pleistocene era and finally global warming via no more plastic bags at grocery stores. And I am talking about in five minutes. Writng and reading is a recess for me.

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      Bill Holland 

      10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      The Byrds....sounds like lyrics from a song of theirs....and I loved dodge ball. Took some licks playing that game, a few bumps and bruises, but man it made us quick as cats! lol

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      Linda Lum 

      10 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh my, that little mind is firing a mile a minute, isn't it? Good on you for attempting to keep up with him. Have a blessed weekend my friend; love to you and Gabe and the rest of your happy family.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      10 months ago from Shelton

      it's just amazing how I find myself really caught up I read this hub a few minutes ago and din't even comment.. I read, digested and felt good.. then I clicked away.. my goodness.. I had to come back and comment

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I heard it was easier to raise a less than intelligent child. ????

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      10 months ago

      wish i was as smart as this boy teacher.


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