I spent yesterday afternoon, helping out at Tornado E’s class. I try to volunteer one day out of the month. I wanted to do more, but I was afraid I would take too much time from other mom’s volunteering. I’m starting to think I’m the only one who does go in as I mentioned it to a few of the stay-at-home moms after school. When I suggested they take a day just because it was fun, they looked at me like I had grown a third eye. I guess our alone time is precious. I know it is for me.
I chose yesterday because it was the only day of class this week, because they had a speaker coming in, and because it was supposed to rain all week. Before the boys, I worked as a teacher’s assistant for a kindergarten and a first grade class and as a Girl Scout troop organizer. When there’s a schedule deviation or if those kids couldn’t go out every single day to play, hell was likely to break loose within the class room.
I would like to regale you all with tales of humorous acts and speeches, but most of the kids were shy and quiet. There was only one kid in the class willing to make a fool of himself by saying crazy things, doing crazy things. My son.
Not only did he dance his way back into the classroom after the presentation, making one of the teachers laugh, he was the one to spout off hilarious things.
As we sat around the table for snack time, the kids were eager to tell the teacher what they did over the weekend. Tornado E didn’t want to be left out of the conversation, even though he felt we did nothing exciting. He pulled my sleeve.
Tornado E: Mommy, lean over. I have a secret to tell you.
I leaned over.
Tornado E: (whispering) I’m going to pretend we went to the toy store, ok?
Tornado E: (to the teacher) We went to the toy store!
Tornado E: Yup. And we saw Toy Story toys.
Teacher: Which one is your favorite?
Tornado E: Buzz Lightyear!
Later as the teacher was reading a story, she asked the students what kinds of houses they lived in, giving examples of brick, steel, stuck-o.
Tornado E: I live in a gingerbread house!
The teacher looked over at me. I smiled.
Me: It’s always nice to live in Tornado E’s world.