Here’s a conversation (announcement) from Steven from earlier this afternoon:
“Don’t drop your bag on the muddy grass.
You’ll make your bag all dirty.
Have to put your bag in the washing machine
Are you going to be a ninckenpoop all your life?
You can drop your bag on the carpet in the hall but you can’t drop your bag on the muddy grass”.
An invaluable life lesson learned.
I’ve no idea when Steven learned this lesson. Or who taught him the lesson. He could have remembered this conversation from any time over the past twenty five years.
But I think the field of potential teachers can be reduced because of the use of the word “ninckenpoop”. Who uses a word like that these days, whether as a joke or in seriousness? It can’t be any of the current support workers. They are all African and I don’t think ninckenpoop is in their vocabulary. I don’t think it was me. I love it when Steven comes out with phrases like “Gordon Bennett” and “Steven Neary’s been a soppy old sausage”, I don’t think I would have encouraged ninckenpoop.
My guess is that it was a classroom assistant. I don’t have anyone in particular in mind but Steven absorbs everything. His hard drive is packed with things people have said to him at various points in his history. Back then, he would have heard the words and stored them. Later, he would have tried to make sense of them. And now, he is announcing the lessons he’s learned from these chance encounters and taking it upon himself to teach others (me, the support workers, Uncle Wayne) these important lessons.
One thing I do know is that I trust Steven when he states he ahs learned a lesson much much much more than I do then when I hear a Public body trot out a “lessons learned, processes reviewed, blah, blah, blah” statement.
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