Today is the first day of school- my favorite day of the year. So much promise! Yesterday I was working in the kindergarten classroom, helping Mr. E. set up his classroom library. Mr. E has taught for about ten years, but he has always taught intermediate grades. This year, he is going to hang out with the five-year-olds. One of his former students brought her little brother, who is going to be in E's class, to meet him.
Mr. E has a ladybug puppet on one hand and a bumble bee on the other. He takes T over to the basket of beginning of school reads, hands him the bumblebee, and says, in a Mrs. Doubtfire-ish kind of voice, " T, what book do you think we should read first?"
T: I'm a bumblebee. I don't read books. I like to sting people!
At this point, I start to laugh, and have to duck down behind the bookcase. E is much more composed than I am.
E (still speaking through the ladybug puppet): I don't like my friends to hurt me.
T (gets that really serious thinking face that five year olds are famous for): OK, I'll just be a friend who reads books with you.
It's going to be a magical year. I can't wait for school to start!