When my daughter was in her sophomore year in high school, I remember a time when we visited a really trendy boutique with really HIGH prices one Saturday. She and her best friend had appointed me designated driver for the trip as they scoped out "hot" boys and well as "hot" clothes. I asked her to define "hot boy" for me but all I got was an eyeroll and "Oh Motherrrrrrrr". A pair of designer jeans in the shop retailed for anywhere from $150.00 to $350.00 so I didn't plan on more than a few minutes in the shop  before we moved on.

We entered the shop and the first thing they noticed was a handsome young man behind the counter who turned out to be the manager. My daughter whispered for me to please move away from them so "it won't seem like we are with my mother". I gladly obliged and went to the other end of the store. Low and behold, the young man walked in my direction instead of my two young charges. "Are you a teacher"? he asked. I replied that I was. He said "Do you teach Kindergarten?" I told him that I did indeed teach Kindergarten. "Do you remember W..., a short little guy?" All of a sudden, I realized that the adorable little boy I had taught so many years ago who barely reached my kneecap was now a young adult in his late twenties!" Without thinking, I threw my arms around him and gave him a big hug. We laughed and were reminiscing when who should walk up but my daughter! "We've been looking everywhere for you Mom" she told me. I thought to myself "and donkeys fly!" but went on to introduce her and her friend to my former student. 
As we left the store, I told her "You never know when your Mom will come in handy, do you!"


  1. Edie Parrott // February 23, 2010 at 7:39 PM  

    So funny! I love this!

  2. Anonymous // February 23, 2010 at 7:41 PM  

    haha :o) You're a great storyteller!

  3. VKT // February 23, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

    Thanks Edie! Isn't it fun when we run into a former student!!!

  4. VKT // February 23, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

    Ahh Thanks Niki! Will you please tell that to my daughter?

  5. Andrea // February 23, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

    Great post. Thank you for your comment on arise 2 write. I have joined to follow and look forward to getting to know you.
    Blessings, andrea

  6. Marla // February 23, 2010 at 8:38 PM  

    What a great story!

  7. Theresa Milstein // February 23, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

    That's hysterical! Pretty impressive that he remembered you. It would be a lot easier for you than it would be for him, since you probably hadn't changed as much.

    I'm not looking forward to the phase when my kids are embarrassed by me.

  8. VKT // February 23, 2010 at 9:15 PM  

    Thanks Marla!

  9. VKT // February 23, 2010 at 9:16 PM  


    It probably won't happen to you with your children! It's funny how you lock in an image of a student, and then...!

  10. Bernie // February 23, 2010 at 10:40 PM  

    I think this is great....she probably thought you were a very cool mom......:-) Hugs

  11. Helene // February 24, 2010 at 1:29 AM  

    That is so funny...yes, sometimes you just never know when a mom will come in handy!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog...hope you'll be back again soon!

  12. Terri // February 24, 2010 at 11:09 AM  

    Priceless!!! Moms are worth something, right?

  13. ellen // February 24, 2010 at 11:57 AM  

    What a cute story! I can image her unbelief when she saw you hugging that handsome guy! And what a pretty daughter you have!!

  14. Divine Mrs D // February 24, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

    Thank you for visiting my blog! And I absolutely love that story. Moms DO come in handy ;)

  15. Choices // February 24, 2010 at 3:27 PM  

    What a great story. Your daughter must have been very surprised when she saw you hugging that nice looking boy! Priceless.

  16. Sandy // February 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

    Thank you so much for your comments to me on my post about praying for my students! That is a great idea to make the year long calendar with a name on each day. I had been thinking that I need to do something like that.
    Thank you, again!

  17. Heather // February 24, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

    Your daughter is beautiful! What a great story!

  18. Donna B // February 24, 2010 at 8:06 PM  

    Great post. Your daughter is beautiful! Your stories remind me of my two daughters and I...good times. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.

  19. VKT // February 24, 2010 at 8:55 PM  


    Can I give you her cell number so you can tell her that? lol

    Her cool Mom turned down a request today for some extra funds.

  20. VKT // February 24, 2010 at 8:55 PM  

    Thanks for stopping by Helene!

  21. VKT // February 24, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

    I sure hope so Teri!

  22. Anonymous // February 24, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

    That is such a good story.
    teaching is very rewarding in some ways.

  23. VKT // February 24, 2010 at 8:57 PM  

    Thanks Ellen! She was a little surprised at that.

    She is a sweetheart!

  24. VKT // February 24, 2010 at 8:58 PM  

    Divine Mrs. D,

    Thanks for your kind words!

  25. VKT // February 24, 2010 at 8:59 PM  


    I wish you could have seen her face...it was priceless! hee hee

  26. VKT // February 24, 2010 at 9:00 PM  


    I am happy to share ideas any time. Keep in touch!

  27. VKT // February 24, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

    Heather and Donna,

    I will share your sweet comments with my daughter. I am a little prejudiced, but I agree....she is beautiful!

  28. Lynn // February 25, 2010 at 1:42 AM  

    Too funny! Suddenly Mom is cool because she's talking to the "hot" guy at the clothing store. Ha!

  29. Fifi Flowers // February 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM  

    LOVE outings with my mom!

  30. Beth Chapman // February 25, 2010 at 6:47 PM  

    Just like the MasterCard ad - priceless!!! She is so lucky to have you to shop with. May not believe it now, but she will.

  31. VKT // February 25, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

    Hey, I never thought about it that way Lynn! I will have to share that with my daughter....lol

  32. VKT // February 25, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

    That's good to know Beth...thanks!