What Quik mix has to do with race, IVF, and surrogacy

I’m cheating for today’s post and copying something from the blog I kept through my surrogacy pregnancy. This afternoon I read through it for the first time and ran across this post. I cracked myself up so much that just had to share it over here. I posted this conversation about a conversation some of my 8th grade students had in December 2006 when I was about six months pregnant with Baby M:

morning while on hall duty during homeroom, a group of my students, who
were obviously in the middle of some sort of frantic debate, bombarded
me with questions and had this discussion:

Group of discombobulated female students yelling questions at me simultaneously:

Girl A: Isn’t the baby you’re carrying for your friends going to come out mixed?
Girl B: Huh?
Girl C: What’s the baby you’re having going to come out looking like?
Girl D: No, it’s going to be Black, right?
Girl E: I am, like, SOOOOO con-fuh-yoozed!

an melodramatic sigh of frustration and a haughty roll of the eyes, the
one male student in the middle of the conversation said this:

Boy: (roll eyes, SIIIIIGGGHHH) NO,
it’s like this – the doctor took the dad’s sperm and the mom’s egg and
mixed them in a Petri dish and then stuck them in Mrs. B. So the baby
can only be White.

Girls A-E: (silent, blank stares of perplexity) 

Me: (listening and watching quietly with amusement)

Boy: (Another theatrical sigh)
Let’s put it this way – if you mix white milk and vanilla Quik mix, the
milk is still gonna be white, even if you put it in a brown pitcher
(referring to me with a flourish of his hands). You can only get brown
milk if you mix white milk with Chocolate Quik mix.

Girls A-E: (light bulb effect, in unison) Ohhhhhhh!

Boy: (obviously proud of himself) How ‘bout that metaphorical speaking, Mrs. B?

At least I’ll never be able to say that they didn’t learn anything from me this year.


  1. Lori on July 13, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Sounds like you have a wonderful relationship with your students.

  2. Lost in Space on July 13, 2008 at 2:05 am

    That is one smart boy. I love this. (:

  3. Mrs.X on July 13, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Oh my God that was priceless! The kid has a definite knack for explaining things.

  4. SAHW on July 13, 2008 at 9:55 am

    Impressive! You must have done a good job with them. 🙂

  5. Queenie on July 13, 2008 at 9:56 am

    That’s hilarious. I love your male students ability to break it down on terms he thought those girls could understand. What a smart kid.

  6. PJ on July 13, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Now THAT is absolutely hilarious!!! Gotta love those teachable moments, especially when they are teaching one another!
    Simply fantastic!

  7. luna on July 13, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I didn’t even know they made vanilla quik. seriously though, as pj said, you gotta love they’re teaching each other. hilarious.

  8. Bonnie on July 13, 2008 at 3:09 pm


  9. Shanez Slade on July 13, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I laughed so hard when I read this post. Out of the mouths of babes….too cute!

  10. Io on July 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    HAHAHAHAHA! This cracked my ass UP!

  11. sara on July 13, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Oh my goodness…a milk reference!! That is too funny – I would had been cracking up hearing that conversation. You must hear some pretty crazy things from kids. But that has to be one of the toppers! What a cute story 🙂

  12. Kristen on July 14, 2008 at 12:54 am

    LOL! That cracks me up!

  13. Becky on July 14, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Dude, that kid is awesome!

  14. A Soldier's Girl on July 14, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    That is hilarious!!!
    Kids (regardless of age) say the darndest things! And I love the example he gave…classic!

  15. kimbosue on July 15, 2008 at 8:08 am

    LOL! What a metaphor!

  16. bleu on July 24, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    It is the purity of their thinking I admire most.

  17. magpie on August 1, 2008 at 10:29 am

    LOL – smart boy.

  18. katie on August 4, 2008 at 5:48 am


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