It was a bus, not amphibians

By Mir
January 2, 2007

I have things to tell you about, but somehow our crash-landing back into the land of Routine has been sufficiently difficult that I must go to bed right now if I am to have any hope of being coherent in the morning. Hold that thought, whatever it was.

Tonight I can only offer this lovely acrostic I almost missed in my daughter’s backpack. Her stint as Rosa Parks at school went off without a hitch, and whether it was an assignment or just pure adoration for the woman that moved her to create the following, I’m unsure. Regardless, this is one piece that goes straight into the box of papers to keep.

Really great person
Outstanding lady
Stood up to the world

Payed her fare on the bus
A wonderful girl
Raymond was her husband
Kind and strict
Salemanders have nothing to do with it

(All spelling—and sentiments—have been reproduced exactly as they appear on her paper.)

I dunno about you, but I feel like I’ve really learned something valuable.


  1. Ruth

    Aren’t kids the best gift ever?

  2. Cele

    Oh mi gosh, a definate classic.

  3. Angie

    I love it! A few years ago, when my son was in 5th grade, the class made those (what do you call them anyway?) for each student on their birthday. For the letter O in his name, one of his classmates used the word ODORLESS. Had you ever spent any time around a couple of the boys in that class, you’d know that was high praise, indeed.

  4. Kelly

    Never commented before, but I have to say that the phrase “Salemanders have nothing to do with it” is going to be my personal mantra for quite some time. Pretty much the best ever.

  5. Laura

    That is just the best thing I’ve heard in a long time.

  6. Chookooloonks

    Salemanders have nothing to do with it.

    I’m tellin’ EVERYBODY.

    (Happy new year, friend!)

  7. Fold My Laundry Please

    And here I thought the history of the Civil Rights movement hinged on the very existence of “salemanders”! :)
    I gotta admit, I was actually pretty moved by that. Very insightful, Chickadee!

  8. Muirnait

    I have to agree Kelly – that’s so my new catchphrase. Sometimes when I’m stuck writing a song, I really want to throw something like that in, but the only ones I know who can get away with that are small children and Chris Rice (for the latter, see: “Sometimes finding You is just like trying to smell the colour 9.”

  9. Dawn

    That is so awesome. “Salemanders had nothing to do with it” is one for the ages. And Muirnait, I love that Chris Rice song.

  10. Judy

    I think it’s unanimous…. “salemanders” is our new best friend. I think I’ll have to use it in my new WIP… with a special acknowledgement to Chickadee (let’s see the future try to figure THAT out!)

  11. Sara

    It reminds me of the phrase “what’s that got to do with the price of tea in China”. It may enter my lexicon as well. Chickadee is singular indeed! Both she and that paper are keepers.

  12. Bob

    salemandars ALWAYS have something to do with it. Mankeys do too (smelly beasts). We still go to Red Monster for that special seafood night out. Psgetti is still served in our house.

    too cute.

  13. chris

    Salemanders have nothing to do with it. That is my new motto and I shall find a way to use it daily.

  14. Liz

    Absolutely a keeper – Happy New Year, Mir!

  15. Amy-Go

    Salemanders have nothing to do with it! I’m going to tell my kids right now. I’m certain they’ll disagree…;)

  16. tori

    Now I’m thinking of the kids song “My Best Friend is a Salamander”. I can’t think of who it is by, but it is stuck in my head. Your daughter is very creative and also funny….wonder where she gets that from? (of course it’s you!)

  17. Susan


  18. meno

    Maybe a newt was involved.

  19. Aimee

    Oh my goodness — I frickin’ love that! That is awesome. And ya know? I always did suspect that those pesky salemanders had something to do with it, so I’m *very* glad to have that cleared up.

  20. Jenn2

    Ask Chickadee is we can print up T-shirts that say “Salemanders have nothing to do with it.”

  21. Melanie Marie

    Oh. My. God. That is so adorable!

  22. Stephanie

    The T-shirt idea is a great one. You could sell them at Cafe Press and put the money in a college fund.

  23. Elleoz

    That is so sweet. I so can’t wait until my little ones start bringing home such true testaments to their intellect. What a smart cookie you have there!

  24. udge

    T-shirts! That is a world-class t-shirt idea. Get cracking.

  25. JudyK

    Salemanders have nothing to do with it

    HAHAHA!!! I love it!!!

    ~ Judy AKA Joyluck

    (had to add the “K” when I saw another Judy) Love it, Mir, just love it!! She’s a chip off of the beautiful and wise block!

  26. wordgirl

    So relieved to hear about the salamander part. The rest is lovely, too.

  27. Kate

    Delurking…yup, you really should do a t-shirt. I will buy one… :)

  28. The Other Leanne

    Oh, those salemanders always *claim* they had nothing to do with it, but I cannot think of any progress in civil rights that was not made without the involvement of the salemanders in some way. But sure, continue the myth by selling those t-shirts!

  29. dad

    A star is born!
    Can Chicadee’s first novel be far behind?

  30. carson

    Or so the salemanders would have us believe.

  31. Stephanie

    While driving home last night, I thought of the salemanders and could not stop laughing. Is her class studying surrealist literature as well as famous people? Cause I’m thinking she could have done her report on Lewis Carroll. She could have dressed as Alice. Her hair is not too long. The whole, ‘I can’t dress as LIW because her hair is too long, but Rosa Parks is ok,’ that’s surreal. Your little girl is a genius.

  32. Susan

    I’m dyin’ here!

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