Thursday, March 12, 2009

Ding Dong Ditch

Some students came to the office today to rat out express their concern about a fellow student who lives in their neighborhood. According to these students, their former friend has been home pretending to be sick all week.

Me: "How do you know he is pretending to be sick?"

Informative Little Girl #1: "Because he has been running around playing Ding Dong Ditch after we get home from school."

Me (wondering whether or not to ask for clarification because what in the heck is Ding Dong Ditch and do I really want little girls discussing anatomy...): "Uh... um... Ok. I'll just call his mother and check on him."

Informative Little Girl #2: "Yep! You should. His momma will be so mad when she finds out he has been ringing the doorbells and then hiding in the ditch again."

Geez. I can't believe my mind went straight to the gutter.

20 comments:

Michel said...

haha! that is hilarious! Naturally, I considered myself an expert at ding dong ditch in my younger years...however, as it was rural Montana, I suspect they knew it was me (or Mr. Howser).

Sunny said...

lol, another beautiful example of the difference between a kid's and an adult's perception.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

I was glad to hear you didn't get the call from the asst superintendent. Ding, Dong, Ditch. I haven't heard that in years. Thanks for the great story.

Threeboys1mommy said...

Whot!?! That has never even occurred to me, and I live in the gutter ;-)

ladyfi said...

Ha ha! Very funny.

Jan said...

LMAO

I've had kids in middle school for too long (13 straight years....long, long years);I knew exactly what they were talking about

Deb said...

girl! what kind of a rock have you been living under (a dirty one, obviously!) ... you must not have teens or they must just be better behaved than mine.

Crazy Charm said...

Ha! I'm surprised that you're not familiar with this prank. When I was younger, kids in my parents' classes (both teachers) would always ding dong ditch our house. Or egg it. lol

Gaston Studio said...

Okay, since I'm older than dirt, this is obviously something new the little darlings have come up with. In my day (don't you hate it when seniors say that?), it was toilet paper rolling and it wasn't a pretty sight!

Even at my age, your mind was exactly where mine headed.

Candice said...

I had never heard of the term ding dong ditch until we moved back to Texas.

I'm just glad the terminology has changed since I was a kid. It wasn't so nice back then, but I was good at it. I could haul ass like no other! ;)

HeatherPride said...

I guess that's better than "Ding Dong Paintball-Blast-to-the-Face" like what happened to my neighbor...

Cat said...

I've heard of this game before, but never played it myself.

only a movie said...

I guess that's the game you should play when you're ditching school...

bernthis said...

and I thought I was the only one that would hear dick and not ditch

Laura said...

I love that fact that the snitchers don't do it out of concern for fairness but because they hate that someone else might be getting a better deal than they are.

Sarah's Blogtastic Adventures said...

Thats all I did as a kid was play ding dong ditch. lol I mean the clean version! : )

amy said...

hoo me! those little informative babies. i've got several similar stories (probably, most education professionals do). like the time the kindergartener on the playground brought me the used up piece of plastic and i went ballistic telling him to put that filth down and then stabbed it with a stick to take it to a trash can, only to realize--once i got to the trash can--it was just a piece of balloon...not the other...kind of rubber.

that was the first school i worked at. at THIS school, i actually did find a real piece of non-balloon rubber in the parking lot.

man. i need to find better areas to work in. i'd welcome ding dong ditch games (as opposed to "bitch slap," which is all the rage amongst our 3rd graders at the moment, i hear).

Marinka said...

that's a scream!

anymommy said...

So funny. I couldn't remember what it was either.

Jason, as himself said...

Aaaaahhhhhh, even you fall for this stuff from time to time.