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

  • Bill Clinton

    More like the HOEDepot!!!!

  • asklf


  • Well, that’s a very convenient explanation :D

  • Ruth

    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.

  • Faaaake, but would be funny if it were real.

  • Jon

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

  • Brain


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

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • Dirkbag

    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.

  • Mangum One

    That was funny!!!!

  • 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.

  • Annie a mouse

    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.

  • gunther

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

  • Shelly

    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.

  • Cathy

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

  • Joanna

    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

  • Barbara

    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.

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

  • So funny, thanks.

  • Asif

    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.

  • Duncan


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

  • SCK

    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.

  • Lyn

    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.

  • Mike

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

  • melody

    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.

  • Jim

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

  • Gloria

    Very cute and funny

  • linda

    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.

  • Shelley

    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.

  • Wally

    Yes, totally fake, but still funny.