September 16, 2011
I have a new job. Noon supervision at my kids’ elementary school. I work two days a week. My job is to wear an orange safety vest and a whistle, and to make sure the children are playing appropriately and not injuring themselves or others during recess and lunch.
I have to say, it’s been pretty fun.
I decided to record some of the more interesting conversations and occurrences of this job here on my poor neglected blog…supervisor snippets. (Catchy title, eh?)
Yesterday I saw a little girl that I met last week. My first encounter with her was in the far corner of the field, right by the fence under a shady tree. She was alone, crouching there. I wandered up to make sure she was okay and discovered that she was flicking tiny pebbles into the drainage ditch on the other side of the fence, for the satisfaction of hearing the pebbles “plink plink plink” into the water.
When I encountered her yesterday, with a friend this time near the blacktop, I said,
“Hey! Aren’t you the little girl who likes to flick pebbles into the stream?”
“Yep,” she replied. “I also really like to climb trees, and I’m good at it too. I can climb really tall trees so fast you wouldn’t believe it.”
Me: “Is that so? You like pebbles and streams and climbing trees. You must be a girl who loves nature.”
Her: “Yes, I am. I could survive in the wild, all by myself, if I had to.”
(Her friend and I exchanged impressed looks.)
Her: “And guess what else?”
(Friend and I lean in to hear as she lowers her voice dramatically…)
“I can communicate with cats.”