But just barely.
In the morning I greeted the children at the door, as usual, and ended up with four or five little boxes of chocolates on my lap. Princess came over to greet me, still all bundled up in her jacket, and she saw the boxes I was holding. She furrowed her brow, perhaps realizing that she didn’t have a box of chocolates to give me.
“I have a rock.” She showed it to me. “It’s my favorite rock.”
I smiled at her, but before I could say anything, she held it out —
“It’s for you, teacher.”
So now I have five boxes of chocolates and a little rock. I think I like the rock best.
As for the rest of the morning, it was exhausting. I had a grandma volunteer, two moms, and a volunteer from the university. Lola 2 was signed up to bring chocolate milk, which she and her brother lugged off the school bus, but Lola 1 showed up without her white milk. I gave one of the moms money to run to the gas station and buy more, and as she was coming back, Lola’s mom showed up. With the milk. She doesn’t speak any English, so I didn’t say anything to her about the milk, but it was okay.
The kids were really jazzed up — except for Leo, who kept his cool all morning, surprisingly. They went to music and the grownups madly decorated the room and put out all the food and organized the activities. Then when the kids came back it was all kind of rushed — a blur of noise and doilies and red paint…..
When I got home today I went to bed for two hours.