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December 18, 2006, Herald Journal

Do you have a ‘tiny tale’ to share?

By JEN BAKKEN

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 your 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 love to share with others, and people, like me, enjoy reading. You don’t have to include full names, only the information you are comfortable with. You can tell the story in whatever way is easiest for you, over the phone, email, send it in the mail or just stop in our office.

Here are a couple “Tiny Tales” for this week.

The Delano Elementary kitchen staff recently told me about a young girl in the lunch room. It was lunch time and one item on the menu was mashed potatoes. They use an ice cream scooper to dish out the mashed potatoes. This confused the girl and she thought they were serving ice cream with gravy. Which, of course, she refused to eat!

At the Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia, Emergency Room there was a third grade boy who wasn’t feeling well. The doctor decided to run some routine blood tests. When the young guy heard this, he tried to bolt from the room. The nurse came in the room and put a numbing solution on his arm. Approximately 20 minutes later, it was time to take his blood. He had every excuse to prolong this process.

“Wait, I’m not ready.”

“Wait, I need to cough.”

“Wait, I need to take a breath.”

“Wait, I feel fine, and I’m not even sick anymore.”

In the end, it took three people to hold him down, and after the fourth person put the needle in his arm, he asked,

“Is the needle in yet?”

Apparently, the numbing solution worked very well because he never felt the needle.

This lad spent the next five minutes apologizing to every single person in the room, his face red with embarrassment, and then added, “You don’t think anyone heard me out in the hallway, do you?”

Now I’d love to hear your “Tiny Tales.”

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.