Does Elbow Licking Count as Spending Time Wisely?

How does one spend time wisely?

Have you ever watched the person in front of you pull out his time ledger, cut a check for 60 minutes, hand it to the cashier at Wal-Mart, and say, “Yeah, this hour in the 20-items-or-less line was worth it. I spent this hour wisely.

As adults, do we confuse a responsible use of time with a wise use of time?

And who determines what is a wise use of time, anyway?

Eight-year-old MM’s teacher, that’s who.

Dear Mom and Dad,

I was not folowing the dreckins the first time or spending my time wisely becauz I was licking my elbow (with a friend – during a lesson at the carpet.)

From, MM

Sure, lessons at the carpet are a big deal, we all get that, but the ability to lick one’s elbow is an achievement that should be celebrated and shared, plus MM was building a sense of camaraderie with a classmate.

Sort of sounds like Facebook, which I’m sure we can all agree is spending time wisely.


Thanks to Jennifer for sharing this note she found in MM’s backpack via Tweetpic. You can read more about her life with  MM and his twin sister at And check her out on Twitter: @nuckingfutsmama.

Posted on May 16, 2011, in Miscellaneous, School Confessionals and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. You know if there is one thing I hated about school, it was those stupid “dreckins”; what a pain in the ass. 😉

  2. As a substitute teacher, I encounter crap like this every day. One of my grade 5 buddies kept talking, and after many warnings (I gave him more than I should have), I had to give him a “problem solving sheet”.

    It said something like “I was looking at the clock, but Miss B thought I was talking. I was just checking the time, not talking. I don’t think it’s fair that I had to fill this out because I wanted to know what time it was”

    Brilliant. I laughed.

    • Could you please forward me the master for the problem solving sheet? I think my wife would like to have a stack of those handy.

      If she doesn’t use them all on me, she might even have the kids fill one out.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  3. I still can’t lick my elbow. Maybe MM could write me some dreckins.

  4. It took me a full two minutes to figure out what “dreckins” were…

    I can’t lick my elbow either, even with “dreckins”!

    Fun stuff, Chase!


  5. I would consider watching some kid lick his elbow time wisely spent. I’m impressed.

  6. I’m with accidentalstepmom. I’ve heard that it is a “scientific fact” that it is impossible to lick one’s elbow. And it is always good to question science and do your own experiments to make sure.

  7. This one madde me shudder! Brilliant!

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