[By Nic Lindh on Tuesday, 07 June 2005]
Andrea is a good day care child—happy to be around other children, able to stick up for herself, and in general a little ray of sunshine. But everybody has their good and their bad days, and for a little while she has been running some kind of virus or infection leading to some stomach problems and a nasty, wet cough. So she wasn’t in her best form one day, and threw a major temper tantrum.
When a child spins out of control, the child is taken out of the classroom and made to spend some time with the day care facility director; the idea is that the child is taken away from whatever overloaded her circuits and has a chance to compose herself.
The classroom teacher told me what had happened when I picked up Andrea, so we talked about the little incident over dinner.
When asked if she had visited Miss April (the director), she said yes.
“Was she nice?"
Big, wide-eyed headshakes.
“What did she say?"
Andrea looked down at her food, then down at the floor for so long I thought she couldn’t remember or had lost interest in the topic, but then her whole little body sagged in a completely tragic manner, and she mumbled, while keeping her eyes down at the floor, “I listen to teacher."
It’s never fun to get sent to the principal’s office…