I met a second grader yesterday in the cafeteria. Although I eat with and talk mainly to the first graders in the cafeteria as they are my assignment, the second graders are having lunch at the same time so I chat with them, too, trying to get them to eat their veggies or encouraging them to remain seated and quiet. This little girl practically climbed into my lap while I edited and uploaded my photo of the day’s lunch. She wanted to see what I was doing.
I was curious about this little girl as she has some evident health issues which may have caused her to have a bit of a speech impediment. It took me quite awhile to learn her name, finally asking her to spell her name as I could not understand what she was saying. I gave her a couple of coloring pages that I had in my bag. She started to return one of the pages, saying she only needed one. I told her to share with a friend.
“I don’t have any friends.”
You can imagine my heartbreak. I came home and prayed for this child who has some health issues and no friends.
Today she had a girl with her who told me she is a friend. I was so thankful. They both hugged me when I gave them stickers. Such small things make them so happy.