Always Check Your Child’s Homework Before it Gets Turned In


A first grade girl handed in the drawing below for a homework assignment.


After it was graded and the child brought it home, she returned to school the next day with the following note:

Dear Ms. Davis,

I want to be very clear on my child’s illustration. It is NOT of me on a dance pole on a stage in a strip joint. I work at Home Depot and had commented to my daughter how much money we made in the recent snowstorm. This photo is of me selling a shovel.

Mrs. Harrington

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  1. Rakeback River's Gravatar Comment by Rakeback River on January 19th, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    That’s pretty funny, I almost didn’t read the second part.

  2. Bill Clinton's Gravatar Comment by Bill Clinton on January 19th, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    More like the HOEDepot!!!!

  3. asklf's Gravatar Comment by asklf on January 19th, 2009 at 9:45 pm


  4. the one who blogs's Gravatar Comment by the one who blogs on January 20th, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Well, that’s a very convenient explanation 😀

  5. Ruth's Gravatar Comment by Ruth on January 20th, 2009 at 5:37 am

    This is most definitely from a late night talk show. Not drawn by a kid, but a well paid 30-something script writer.

    The gag is funny, though. Well worth the pay check.

  6. Mindy's Gravatar Comment by Mindy on January 20th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Faaaake, but would be funny if it were real.

  7. Jon's Gravatar Comment by Jon on January 21st, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Cheered us up no end. Our office heating went down this morning so a few laughs have warmed us up :)

  8. Brain's Gravatar Comment by Brain on January 21st, 2009 at 6:56 pm


  9. Tammy H.'s Gravatar Comment by Tammy H. on January 21st, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    This was absolutely hysterical. Had to share it with others. You cannot make this stuff up.T Thanks!

  10. Anders Fogh Rasmussen's Gravatar Comment by Anders Fogh Rasmussen on January 22nd, 2009 at 2:43 am

    That is very funny. Not much unlike my wife Mette, although she dances at a stripclub these days (after participating in a dance-show on tv, she suddenly had this bright job offer).

    Goes well with my politics.

  11. Father's Gravatar Comment by Father on January 23rd, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I am a father of two first graders and it does not look fake… but If I were the mother I would have gone to school and talked to the teacher to clear things up and have a laugh, not send a note. Anyways it is too funny,

  12. Dirkbag's Gravatar Comment by Dirkbag on January 23rd, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    How do these people know this is fake? Sure, it could be fake. But I want to know how these folks are certain of it.

  13. Mangum One's Gravatar Comment by Mangum One on January 26th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    That was funny!!!!

  14. Rob McGuire's Gravatar Comment by Rob McGuire on January 27th, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve seen this picture before and thought it was funny. First time I’ve seen the explanation about it which makes it even funnier.

  15. Annie a mouse's Gravatar Comment by Annie a mouse on January 29th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    It’s obviously fake because no 1st grader uses ” …” pause expressions. I don’t think you learn such an advance writing technique until high school.

  16. gunther's Gravatar Comment by gunther on January 29th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    People don’t know it’s fake, they just see fakes everywhere. It’s an easy explanation for everything these days. Anyways, very funny!

  17. Shelly's Gravatar Comment by Shelly on January 30th, 2009 at 7:15 am

    I wouldn’t say it was fake due to age and a … in it. My the age of 5, my grandmother had me reading novels and writing in cursive. She did not believe in “average” children and pushed me hard to be what was considered an “acceptable” child to be related to her.

  18. Cathy's Gravatar Comment by Cathy on January 31st, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    It was meant to make people laugh don’t analaze it folks lighten up!!!!!!!

  19. Joanna's Gravatar Comment by Joanna on February 9th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    If you’re going to make a fake picture, at least make it believable. That printing obviously doesn’t belong to a first grader.
    But funny, none the less

  20. Barbara's Gravatar Comment by Barbara on February 16th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    I sure couldn’t write like that when I was in grade one. My mom kept a scrapbook of my grade one work and there is no way. Got to be fake but still pretty funny.

  21. Rasmus's Gravatar Comment by Rasmus on February 16th, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Fake or real – it doesn’t matter it’s still extremely funny..

  22. Raphael – Top Web Templates's Gravatar Comment by Raphael - Top Web Templates on February 21st, 2009 at 6:02 am

    So funny, thanks.

  23. Asif's Gravatar Comment by Asif on February 21st, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    This reminds me of a joke I read in Reader’s digest a long time ago, under that section that contains realy life jokes about people’s jobs. It was something like, a woman was a sales person and she sell stuff outdoors. Her daughter was asked by her teacher that what her mother does and she said that her mother works on the street. Teacher then asked to explain and the child said “Oh she has her customers”. Etc etc.

  24. Duncan's Gravatar Comment by Duncan on March 4th, 2009 at 4:16 am


  25. Gerhard_Kaiser's Gravatar Comment by Gerhard_Kaiser on March 19th, 2009 at 4:13 am

    It`s very funny, but I think not real?!

  26. SCK's Gravatar Comment by SCK on March 27th, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I teach first grade and we taught “…” as part of our writing unit. And yes, many first graders have sloppy handwriting, but I have a few who write like this. It could be real or fake in my opinion, doesn’t really matter.

  27. Lyn's Gravatar Comment by Lyn on July 8th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Annie a mouse-

    I knew all about “…” in 1st grade. And I knew about quotation marks too. My mother taught me how to write dialogue, because I wanted to write film scripts when I grew up.
    And even if my mom didn’t teach me, do you see how people text each other now? They all use “…” to an extent that they appear to be morons, so if anything we have to teach kids now how not to sound like an idiot when they want to write out pauses.
    Example: “so… do you wanna go to Starbucks… or… what…? where r u?… I’m waiting…”

    So your argument is not very good. Any child can look at Mommy’s cell phone texts or Facebook status and see “…” everywhere. It’s very common.

    And I bet the kids teacher probably wrote out the first part including the pause(“…”) on the board for her students, like my teachers used to. Sometimes you have to dumb it down for children to correctly do their assignment.

    And props to the mom, because my mom also works at the home depot, but she talks to me about the fans and air conditioners they sell in the summer, because we are in CA. haha. No snow shovels needed in the bay area.

  28. Mike's Gravatar Comment by Mike on October 29th, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Still funny even if it was “fake”. By the way, it’s called an ellipsis(“…”).

  29. melody's Gravatar Comment by melody on March 1st, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    all first graders are taught to write
    they are given a topic like
    when i grow up i want to be…
    then they fill in the last part and draw a picture.
    i think its real.

  30. Jim's Gravatar Comment by Jim on March 11th, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Some first graders even know they’re called ellipsis…not pause.

  31. Gloria's Gravatar Comment by Gloria on April 14th, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Very cute and funny

  32. linda's Gravatar Comment by linda on June 24th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    as a published children’s author/illustrator, and art teacher, it is my opinion that the illustration is a fake. not because of the rendering, but because of the composition. a child of six, when illustrating an action scene (selling shovels), tends to put emphasis on the action, as well as objects that would define the action. hence, more than one person would have a shovel. there would probably be something to indicate a setting (i.e. signage, other merchandise, etc.). here we have a slightly curvaceous mother, hair tossed to the side, standing on a “shovel”, with male customers(figures sans long hair)surrounding her, while holding out their money. “At this stage, there is definite order in space relationships: everything sits on the base line.” Note the absence of a base line. Also note the lone male customer literally throwing his money at her – a throughly adult concept used here for subtle humor.

  33. Shelley's Gravatar Comment by Shelley on July 27th, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    I have seen another photo like this with a better explanation, a different teacher’s name (and it was actually funnier, and made more sense with the photo). The other one said:

    Dear Mrs James,
    I mean to clarify that I am not now, nor have I ever been, an exotic dancer.
    I work at Home Depot and I told my daughter how hectic it was last week before the blizzard. I told her we sold out every single shovel we had, and then I found one more in the back room, and that several people were fighting over who would get it. Her picture doesn’t show me dancing around a pole. It’s supposed to depict me selling the last shovel we had at Home Depot.
    From now on, I will remember to check her homework more.

    @Linda: The other text refutes everything you said about how it couldn’t be a child’s drawing.

  34. Wally's Gravatar Comment by Wally on November 14th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Yes, totally fake, but still funny.

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