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On School #6 Something in My Eye — Both of Them

Disclaimer:  The name in this musing is changed to protect the “infamous.”

Six-year-old Jayden stopped at my desk early one morning to tell me that he was going home for lunch. This was unusual. Jayden always ate lunch in school. I asked him if he had a note from his mother, which was normal protocol.

For no apparent reason, except that he was six-years-old and six-year-olds have their own built-in anxieties and fears, tears quickly filled his eyes. When he saw my look of confusion and concern, he immediately dabbed at his eye – supposedly to brush the tears away. I asked him what was the matter. With another covert swipe at his eyes, he blurted, ”I have something in my eye.” I raised my eyebrows. “… in both of them,” he added.

Jayden tried hard to be brave. He desperately tried to not show his tears. I nodded with understanding, then said, “Why don’t you get a tissue and try to get it out.”

He snatched a tissue from the box on the counter and began to blow his nose.When our eyes met again, he quickly said, ”I have something in my nose, too.”

I bit the inside of my lip to stifle a giggle. This was no time to laugh. Six-year-old Jayden was trying to save face. When I was finally able to trust my voice again, I smiled and said “Funny! That sometimes happens to me, too.”

I explained to Jayden that it was for his safety that I had to check with his mom. But before I sent him to the office to have the secretary call his home, I explained that the principal would be upset with me if I wasn’t extra careful with Jayden’s safety. A smile crept to the edge of his lips. Then in a conspiratorial voice, I asked, “You don’t want me to get in trouble – do you? He shook his head and with a little laugh sauntered out the door to the office.

(Clip Art compliments of (Clip Art Warehouse)

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February 26, 2010 - Posted by | Anything Writing, On School | , , , , , ,

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