Rain and chuckles

It rained. Officially, over two thirds of an inch. I’m pretty sure we got more on the north side of town, where no one takes an official measure. It only counts if it rains at the airport.

The wind and rain brought down more leaves from our trees. Terry and I have been raking almost every day, knowing the rain is coming and we will have bushels of leaves. I move lots of them to the undersides of the bushes, out near the fences, for mulching. Lots more go into our green recycle bin and the city will use them to make mulch. Leaves are very valuable.

Wednesday at Columbia was a bit disappointing. I only saw one first grade class as all of the first grade teachers were out. One class had been “deployed” as there wasn’t enough substitutes to fill in for all the absent teachers. Another had a substitute who didn’t seem very happy or receptive to see me so I said I’d be back next week. While waiting in the office to see if I would be able to see another class, I encountered paramedics with a gurney, there to pick up a boy who had a seizure during lunch. I decided I needed to move on.

However, one bright spot that day was the first grade class I DID get to see. After reading King of the Playground, one little girl at the back raised her hand and asked, “Mrs. Zody, how did you learn to read books so good?”

“Lots of practice,” was my reply. “First graders for the past nine years have helped me learn how to read books they like. But before I came here to read to first graders, I taught high school students and I didn’t get to read books to them.”

Another little girl raises her hand, “Mr. R (the principal) hired you?” she asked.

“No, another principal before Mr. R said it was okay for me to come here. But, every year Mr. R has to say it’s okay for me to come to read to you.”

“Mr. R is very smart,” she said with a big smile.

On Thursday I relayed the story to Mr. R…he laughed out loud, so pleased to know that the first graders gave him high marks. This is a man who, like me, had only worked in high school until this assignment at Columbia. It’s been good for both of us.


11 responses to “Rain and chuckles

  1. If Mr. R was smarter, he’d actually pay you. Just sayin’.

  2. A beautiful story!

  3. It is an excellent post! You do a great service and the children appreciate it. he extended lessons you build are valuable to growth.

    [I will confess that I did sometimes read aloud to high school students to introduce a novel or share a short story, and they loved it. Not every child was read to, and when I shared a classic like “The Elephant’s Child” there would be entire classes where not a single teenager had heard the story before.]

    • I taught marketing so we read a lot of advertising! Also, when I was yearbook advisor I had the students read their taglines out loud so they could hear how it sounded to others.

  4. I think it’s wonderful that you are so cherished, not just by those little ones you read to, but those of us who follow you through your blogs. Your written and spoken words will be remembered by many throughout the virtual and physical communities.

  5. Love your stories about interaction with the kids… sharp little devils at times, aren’t they? LOL Always so open, and genuine.

  6. It’s odd that the substitute teacher didn’t welcome you with open arms….one less thing to think about while dealing with a class filled with possibly unknown children. Giving her/him to think about the rest of the day. Better luck next week

  7. Children say the darnest things not always as positive

  8. I love that you’re bringing so much joy into those children’s lives. But I really love how they appreciate and cherish your efforts.

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