Drawing the Line

BANG!!! The loud noise was a shock. It stood out in the already noisy cafeteria where fifth and sixth graders were having lunch. The source? A bag of chips forcefully popped open. It was a little hard to tell if the boy who did it acted on purpose because even he looked shocked. But soon there were more popping bags and lots of guilty laughter.

The atmosphere in the cafeteria this year has been more relaxed than in the past… a conscious decision to promote opportunity for conversation and social skills. Today it felt like the line between freedom and responsibility was blurry.

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6 Responses to Drawing the Line

  1. Ramona says:

    Oh, how to know where to draw the line . . . Maybe they needed the release and the laughter!

  2. Tim Gels says:

    Those darn chip bags! Sometimes they just randomly explode . . . who knew!?

  3. cmargocs says:

    I love the line about responsibility and freedom. Yes, we may feel that after last year, students deserve to be more social…but we also know how quickly that can spiral into chaos that’s hard to rein in! I like this Slice, because it is a glimpse of “normal” in what continues to be abnormal times.

  4. arjeha says:

    The joys of lunch duty.

  5. cvarsalona says:

    Maybe the children needed a release from the stress of last year. AT any rate, thanks for sharing with us the lunch duty buzz, Diane.

  6. Amy Ellerman says:

    Ah, let them pop chips, I say. In the grand scheme of things, it’s hard work figuring out who you are and where the lines are.

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