Fight the dragon with humor!

My wife bought me a shirt yesterday.  I rejected it.  I told her it made me look like an old man.  She said I was an old man. Grumpf humpft urhhah!  Come on, if I was an old man could I have had a deep life changing discussions like this with my kids today during our lav/locker break?

Me-Mary can you please take a few steps back away from Jane

Mary-Why do I have to be the one to move away, why can’t she step back?!

Me-Because if Mary moved back she would walk into the wall.

Mary-Well then why can’t she step forward.

Me- Because then she would step on your feet.

Mary-Why do I have to always be the one to move?

Me-Because you are the one who always argues with her everyday.

Mary-I never argue with her

Me-You are right, I am actually in a fantasy world right now.  In my world you argue everyday. I know it is not reality, but those of us currently living in my fantasy would appreciate it if you could please step back.  And since it is my fantasy world I will have a dragon appear if you do not.

Student 1-Could I have a castle in our fantasy world!

Student 2-I want a draw bridge

Student 3-There has to be a fair maiden

Me-Can I have a really shiny sword?

Student 4-As long as there are alligators in the moat

Me-Fine, just as long as they don’t eat my goose that lays the golden eggs.

And so the story ends.  Mary at some point moved away , saving the villagers from the dragon. Everyone lived happily ever, forgetting that there was even a disagreement in the Kingdom.  Tomorrow maybe someone will call someone a name and I’ll get to be a pirate.


  1. Haha, i laughed when i saw this. You did the same thing in our class, were do you learn this stuff? Well were ever you get it from it seems to work.

    🙂 Karen 🙂

  2. Ah yes, the brain-drain is a classic and I love how you handled it. All I can ever think of is the brain-dead response. My kids try to suck me into an argument, and I give them the old Addams Family-Lurch groan Uuuuhhhh! It really helps to take on a glassy stare and let a small amount of drool run out of the corner of your mouth.

    Your way is far more creative, but my way works in pinch when you really don’t want to have to work so hard.

  3. Brilliant. I laughed and laughed.
    “Me-Fine, just as long as they don’t eat my goose that lays the golden eggs.”

    my journey here came through the land of ~ Days In a Sentence.

  4. Kristen I edited your comment because you identified the people involved. This was suppose to just be a simple story about using humor to diffuse anger. The only people who could even begin to understand what actually happened where the people who were there. That is why I changed the names, and added and deleted lines. To make this not an actual representation of what happened, but just an example of how humor can over power anger.
    Mr. B

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>