This is usually a foreboding statement coming from the kids. It doesn't mean literally follow me to some strange cavern or something, but rather "do what I do" like say a word in Korean or make a silly gesture.
Sometimes I play along, and today it was a strange lead.
"Teacher! Follow me!" The girl said, and rubbed her hands together furiously.
"Like this?" I did it very slowly and mock lazy on purpose.
"Noooooo-oooooooo!" she laughed. "Fast!"
So I gave'er and rubbed as if to start a fire that my merit badge depended on.
"Smell!" and she pressed her palms to her nose and took an impassioned whiff.
Then she almost horked.
"Teacher! Hand-dung!" the sweet little 8-year-old girl cried with her tongue sticking out through a smile.
"Hand... dung?" I questioned.
"Dung friend!" came the reply.
I guess unwashed hands + sweat + friction = a more literal l'eau de toilette.
I find this a kind of endearing way to explain gross things that the kids use often. While fishing for the word for snot, it was explained to me first as "nose-dung" then again as "dung-friend." I like the idea of a camaraderie between bodily substances they seem to imagine. There's a touch of nicely profane magic-realism in thinking of the body one big social network, and all of its respective wastes being thick as thieves.
So there stood the 3 girls rubbing their hands together like B-movie ghouls and gagging at the smell.
I think I'll be reconsidering congratulatory high-fives...