Days and Preschool Days, Too:
A treasury of anecdotes culled from my work
and play as a preschool worker and an elementary school after- school
THE BINKY QUESTION
created the "specialized binkies" above for a humorous preschool
Circle on the subject.
My brother had a grade
school friend named "Binky Stanza". The word never meant
anything to me, though, until I heard one of our preschool teachers
asking a child at nap time, "Do you have your binky?"
What's a binky, I wondered? Before
long a process of elimination showed me that a binky had to be
what I'd previously known as a pacifier.
I fell in love with the word "binky".
It's a fun word to use. Many of our two year-olds are attached to binkies,
others to blankets, and others perpetually "eat their shirt".
At nap time, binkies await in childrens' bedding, lovingly placed in
a prominent place on the pillow.
Around the time I discovered
the "b-word", I happened to buy a necklace in a little import
shop. Made in Peru, the piece was round with a hole in the center, and
was painted with a different design on each side.
The necklace is about the same size as
a pacifier, and one day, trying to amuse a table of preschoolers at
my lunch table, I referred to it as "my binky". The children
looked very perplexed. One girl raised her hand and asked the head teacher,
a couple of tables away, "Ms. Meg, is Mr. Max a baby?"
I don't think Ms. Meg had been privy to our prior conversation, but
she solemnly assured all the children that we don't have any babies
teaching at our school.
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