Insect Days

Stig approached his teacher at the end of school yesterday and with serious intention asked “what insect are you teaching tomorrow?” Very confused she asked him to repeat the question “What insects are you teaching tomorrow on your insect day?”

Later as I delivered the boys to the school disco, said teacher pulled me to one side to let me in on the situation which had left her slightly bemused. If only she had been at our kitchen table that morning.

“So tomorrow is an inset day” Stig likes to state the known and obvious, one so we can confirm he’s right and two because he needs to talk all the time. “Do you remember when Tink though it was an “insect day” and wanted to go as a butterfly?”

This did indeed happen, back when Tink was in reception he misheard and got very excited about a day at school in costume, dressing up has always been a favourite activity. He was more than a little disappointed to find out that it was just in fact a day when he didn’t need to go to school (this is back when he didn’t mind the place) and not a day when the teachers got to teach insects.

So to this day these odd days off school, sometimes tagged on to holidays, sometimes not, are called “insect days” in our household.  Hope Stig’s teacher is reassured that it was a joke and doesn’t think he’s a little “away with the fairies”.

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  1. memyselfandkids October 26, 2012 / 7:07 pm

    Funny. I think insect day sounds alot cooler than inset day. Bummer.

  2. Actually Mummy October 26, 2012 / 10:32 pm

    I’m feeling rather sorry for him now ;(
    Mine call it insect day too, but they’re still keen to stay home!

  3. Older Mum (@Older_Mum) October 28, 2012 / 10:10 am

    That made me smile, and I love how within families, we have our own special words for things that are straight forward to us but completely baffling to outsiders. :o).

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