They were only two years old when the terrorist attack on 9/11 occurred. So while these second graders were silent for the office announced moment of silence for “the events of 9/11”, they didn’t know what they were being silent for.
I know because I asked if they knew why they were having a “moment of silence”. They didn’t. I didn’t see the need to elaborate before we began our planned day. Innocence is hard to keep and should last as long as possible.
Today’s most popular personal question: “Are you married?”
Today’s most frequent request: “Can I get a drink of water?”
Today’s most frequent complaint: “Can I go to the office? I have a headache!”
It has been my vast experience (of almost two whole years) that the first complaint is usually warranted. The next three complaints for the same ailment are usually copycats.
So I wasn’t surprised that after one girl returned from the health office with a cold sponge in a plastic bag for her headache that I was approached by two more girls.
ConArtist#1: I have a headache and she has a “MyGain”. Can we go to the office?
Me: You both have headaches? How unusual. So how do you know she has a “MyGain”?
ConArtist#2: Because mine really, really hurts.
Me: Do you REALLY have headaches? How about waiting until recess time and then go to the health office?
These two poker faced Pollyanna’s couldn’t be dissuaded. They both insisted that “it really, really, reallllly hurts” and that they couldn’t wait until recess. So off they went to get their prized chilled colored sponges in plastic bags for their “headaches”.
On today of all days, I’ll let it go. It’s worth the apology I offered to the health clerk at the end of the day. She graciously let me off the hook with: “That’s ok. It happens a lot at their age during the first weeks of school”.