Beauty in the day: the imminent 2 week break is bringing out anxiety in more than one inhabitant of Ardmore Elementary. Take Little Aussie, for instance. He stood fidgeting in front of my desk, and I inquired (as per custom), “Can I help you?”
“Well, you see, I am wondering about the library books during the Winter Christmas break. When will I return those, please?”
“Oh! Good news! You won’t need to return them until you come back in January!”
Apparently this was not such good news, as I discovered when Little Aussie let me in on his thoughts. “Well, suppose that the books get lost over the break?”
“Oh! No worries! Just tell your mom to help you find a great safe place to keep the books when you’re not reading them!”
He had another concern. “Well, you see, we will have out-of-town guests at our house, so…I worry about that, then.”
“Oh! No worries! Just tell your mom when you get home, and she can help you find a perfect safe-spot for your books!”
“Yes. Well, you see, our guests will have pets.”
“Actually, I’m not really very happy about that. Perhaps one of the pets will put a tear in the book, or perhaps they might nibble on the cover, or scratch it, you see.”
This called for a different tack.
” No worries, Friend. I will send your mom an email and ask her to help you find a great safe place to keep your awesome library books. Good plan?”
The plan was an acceptable one, and he left with confidence. I sent the email immediately. Mom’s response added another dimension: they will be out of town part of the time, and the little guy imagined squatters on their premises while they travel. His only understood responsibility was the library books.