Thursday, February 20, 2014

The sweet little surprises

Usually, I'm one of the last people to leave at the end of the day. Today was one of the rare days when I left before most of the children did. I suppose that's what is like for people who work the opening shift! I said goodbye to my students, then answered the flurry of questions (where are you going? What's a conference? What things are you going to learn at your conference?), and started for the door. One of the oldest children chirped "okay, bye-bye!" Then he added "have a really nice day!" I thanked him, and wished him the same. He takes part in these particular social scripts every day, as we all do. It was sweet and touching that he decided to take the lead and initiate it this time. But what he said next surprised me, and I was struck by the genuine caring behind his well-wishing: "Drive and walk safe!" Thanks, buddy. I will.

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