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November 27, 2006, Herald Journal

Oh, the things you overhear

By JEN BAKKEN

Since I started writing the Tiny Tales column I find myself constantly searching for story ideas. Sometimes we are so busy in our lives that the cute things children say or do may only get a quick smile and then we are back to our busy day. I know I’ve been guilty of it. This column has helped me to keep my eyes open and my ears listening. I’m constantly writing little things down. Here are a few things that I’ve overheard or others have told me about.

Conversation between two first grade girls overheard in the hallway at Delano Elementary:

Blonde haired girl says, “You should come to my house and see my new Hallow Kitty.”

Brown haired girls snaps, “It’s not Hallow Kitty... it’s Hello Kitty!”

Blonde girl defends herself with, “No it’s not... it’s Hallow!”

Then adds, “I mean Hello Kitty doesn’t make any sense!”

Overheard at The Ridgeview Medical Clinic:

A mom takes her young son and his sister to the clinic for flu shots.

The nurse enters the room, gives the big sister her shot and through the closed door the boy is overheard pleading,

“But mom... I don’t need a shot, I’m not sick!”

Overheard at Coborn’s Grocery Store:

A mom tells her little boy of maybe five or six, “You can go get your free cookie now.”

(At Coborn’s children can have a free cookie each time they go there.)

Excitedly the boy says, “I’m getting four.”

To which the mother instructs, “You can only get one.”

Of course he questions his mother with, “Why can I only have one... they’re free!”

Now keep your eyes open, your ears listening and tell me about what you see or hear!

Tiny Tales is a column dedicated to children in our community and the times when they create a wonderful story to tell. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, family member, caregiver, teacher, or anyone with a child in you life . . . there’s always a tiny tale to tell.

It may be cute or funny things a child has said or done; any of those endearing moments you’d love to share with others, and people, like me, enjoy reading.

Here in Delano, we are proud of our community, our schools, and our children . . . why not have a column about our little ‘tigers’?

You can e-mail your tiny tales to; jbakken@hjpub.com or mail them to Tiny Tales, PO Box 498, Delano, MN 55328, or just stop by our office next to New Attitudes Salon, Hwy 12 East.