Pat, pat. She touched my arm to get my attention. She isn’t my student (I have 3rd-6th graders, not K), but she knows I’m a teacher. She sees me each morning at breakfast (my daily duty). “Guess what? I’m going to the skating place on Spring Break.”
“Wow, that sounds like fun!” I say. It is easy to be enthusiastic about that- I used to be at the skating rink every Saturday night in my elementary school days.
Pat, pat. The next student in line wants some attention, too. “Guess what? I’m going to the jumping place on Spring Break.”
“Oh, that will be fun.” I know my daughter really loved jumping on trampolines, so I could easily picture that. Glad I could genuinely be enthusiastic.
Pat, pat. The first kindergartner wanted attention again. “Guess what? I am going to the skating and the jumping place.” After the briefest pause she added, “And Chuck E. Cheese.”
I guess she wanted to make sure she wouldn’t be outdone this time… maybe I was too enthusiastic.
(By the way, I happened to be at lunch with K because we combined all three lunches today. It was a snow make-up day on what was supposed to be the first day of Spring Break. Less than half our students were at school toady. It sure was a quiet day! We had a program this afternoon by “Arts in Learning” featuring “Mundo Beat” that took us on a musical journey through salsa, cha-cha-cha, cumbia, and merengue. A fun send-off to Spring Break!)