Beauty in the day: he came to the office, reporting that it was a fasting day for him, and maybe he could sit in the office while his classmates had lunch. Naturally it was okay, and I offered him a piece of paper and a pencil so he could draw. The school nurse asked him questions that gave him an opportunity to share about his fasting days.
Sometime later, it was time for him to go. He approached my desk with the paper and pencil. Below is what he wrote, rather than drawing.
Beauty in the day: in the eye of the Perfect Storm (i.e., Summer School challenges) one can always find a reason to pull something out of thin air. Take, for instance, the kid who needed a “time out” break, and wanted to color. Not having a bead on the whereabouts of the crayons, I gave him a pencil. He was unimpressed, and was preparing to hold out for the colorful drawing implements. “Okay, but this pencil might be the one that I had that is magic, just so you know. Of course, we won’t be able to tell until you give it a try though.”
He abandoned the crayon request and set to work.