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
young children express themselves with a total innocence that adults
can only marvel at. And yet irony, usually the hallmark of a sophisticated
mind, can make its appearance early.
A case in point is a bright first-grader
who complained recently about the behavior of a boy in his class who
is well known for being very "young" in his understanding of boundaries.
The more grown-up boy definitely had a point, and yet I was a bit uncomfortable
about what seemed to me his condescending dismissal of the other child.
So I said to him, "I want you to think of one positive thing about Reggie..
Of one thing he's good at. "
The boy's face went blank for a minute,
as though I'd asked him to do something completely unfair and in fact
impossible. He began walking away.
In a minute, though, he returned, the
light back in his eyes. With a characteristic, mischievous twinkle,
he told me, " Reggie is very good at being mean to me!"
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