We are often embarrassed by our children; it is one of the many occupational hazards that are attached to the job of being a parent. Children are notoriously indiscreet and will spill family secrets indiscriminately. There is, for instance, a teacher in Cape Town, Phillipa Warren; who has it on good authority that my husband and I dance rather energetically some Saturday nights and that, on at least one occasion; a wine glass has been kicked over.

Another story that made its way to Phillipa’s ears was the story of how our Chelsea was born. She happily confided to her teacher and class that her mom and dad ‘knitted me with love’ and that ‘when the knitting was long enough, they took it to the midwife and she sewed it all together and made me born’. No amount of protests to Mrs Warren would assure her that Chelsea had never actually seen us ‘knitting’.

Thank you, Phillipa, for providing our child with guidance and foundation, and for providing us with so many laughs. Happy birthday.

You’re a teacher in a million.


35 Comments Add yours

  1. MissChris says:

    There is no greater power than a teacher who is living out their true calling – truly a blessing.
    There are too many for whom it is just a job and who ruin so many young lives!
    What a blessing Bunn had!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And I gained a good friend into the bargain 🙂

  2. Rosemary says:

    I love the knitting story – what a lovely way to explain the baby story to children. I was brought by the stork -that had me confused because I thought it was margarine!
    Have a great week:)

    1. theonlycin says:

      lmao @ stork!
      Hope your week is great.

  3. adeeyoyo says:

    It is so nice to have a good relationship with your child’s teacher – and a dedicated one at that. Very few teachers or nurses (and even some doctors) view their jobs as a ‘calling’ any more, I fear. Lovely post esp. the knitting story.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sadly those aren’t always seen as vocations anymore, you’re right adee.

  4. granny1947 says:

    Two plain and one purl?????

    1. theonlycin says:

      Don’t knit at all these days ;p

  5. Naomi says:

    Lovely post, Cin, and GREAT way to spend Saturday nights!

    A cousin of mine related a cute story on FB last week, also being a teacher. Asking her third graders what you would see when entering King Tut’s tomb, one answered ‘King Tut’s thingy’!

  6. Happy Birthday to a teacher who brings the title into greater respect and love

    1. theonlycin says:

      She truly is a great teacher.

  7. I remember one gay friend saying “my mother made me what I am” and another responded, “Please will she knit me one too”

    1. theonlycin says:

      How funny and clever 🙂

  8. thysleroux says:

    Hi Cin, how are you?

    1. theonlycin says:

      Welcome to WordPress Thys.

  9. Artswebshow says:

    My parents told me i was born under the gooseberry bush.
    Which is of course nonsense. i was born in a hospital bed.
    knitted with love, that’s an interesting concept

    1. theonlycin says:

      Gooseberry bush, oh my word, lol!

  10. suzicate says:

    Hilarious! Oh, the stories those teachers hear!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think she should write a book 🙂

  11. Leon says:

    Very nice to see someone making such a difference Cin!

    1. theonlycin says:

      She is just so perfect for the work she does.

  12. nrhatch says:

    Happy Birthday, Phillipa!

    We need more teachers like you (and writers like Cin)!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Nancy 🙂

  13. izziedarling says:

    Cin, this is so sweet and funny and great. Knitting – brilliant.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Izzie, don’t know where my child gets her imagination 🙂

  14. slpmartin says:

    I also love the knitting story…but I would think it would be confusing to pass by a yarn shop. 😉

  15. halfp1nt says:

    A very happy birthday to Phillipa. It’s wonderful to read about a teacher who sees her career as a vocation and not just a job.

  16. deepercolors says:

    Knitting. That’s a better story than the stork or the finding them in the cabbage patch. 🙂

  17. brian says:

    haha. gotta love how kids see the world and interpret what we say…love her outlook…and kinda glad the boys have never caught us knitting…smiles.

  18. Kavita says:

    Awesome stories there, Cindy!!! “knitting”!!! hehehehhe…how CUTE!!!
    Bless Phillipa!! A very happy 50th to her!! 😀

  19. Paula says:

    Love this post – and especially Chelsea’s story! Much better than the stork or cabbage patch!

    BTW, I finally got around to completing the story of my Mom’s wedding rings, and posted it this evening. Enjoy!

  20. buttercup600 says:

    Loved this story Cin, a very happy birthday…life starts at 50 my friend !!!!
    Your daughter ROCKS!!!! x

  21. Jamie Dedes says:

    This is a gem… lots of chuckles.

    The only ones worse than kids when it comes to indiscretions are the elderly … when the get to the point where all the filters are down. Can be quite interesting.

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