“Dad,” a lady in Hampton told me, “was a hellion, even as a child.” Grandma was home with a bunch of kids when there was a knock of the door. It was the sheriff.
“Is there a Peter Couples residing here?”
Grandma said indeed there was. “What’’s the problem?” she asked.
The sheriff explained that an eye witness claimed to have seen Peter Couples burglarizing a house in the neighborhood.
Grandma called Peter in from another room. He was four.
She asked for an explanation.
“Yes,” he said. “It was me. They weren’t home and I needed a peanut butter sandwich.”
No word on arrest, arraignment, trial or time served by young Peter.
One more, also from Hampton:
In class the second grade learned that the Statue of Liberty was being refurbished. Her crown, the teacher explained, was made up of seven spikes to represent the seven continents. “Who knows what a continent is?”
The little girl raised her hand. “It’s all the letters that aren’t vowels.”