Plinto, Pido

Lest anyone think my whole life is made up of Lifetime Television moments like that last one, I wanted to share this story as told by my very next student, a 4-year-old boy with a lot of energy.

"What's that on your hand, Tristan?"

"A plinto."

"Ouch!  Where'd you get a splinter?"

"From the mulch."

"Oh, I'm sorry."

"I saw a pido in the mulch."

"A spider?  How big was it?"

"It was little."

"Oh, I'm glad it wasn't too scary."

"I killed it."

Here his mom and I burst into laughter, as much at his deadpan visage as at the callous words that had just escaped it.