Today at school, Gloria’s journal was returned after her weekend with Claire. Yes, she went Trick-or-Treating in a full pink bunny costume. She also helped the family make soup, and went to church with them. The photo and journal entry were heartfelt and very genuine. Actually, all of Gloria’s journal entries are just like that.
As I read the journal entry to the class, it struck me that I have spent so much time telling the world the whole evolution of Gloria and all she has done; I have not told the children. The children and Gloria are all that matters. That’s what it’s all about. Thank goodness her journal came back to school today.
Families and teachers need to know about how Gloria became all that she is. The children simply need to know Gloria. Reading her journal is how we did that today.
After we read about Trick-or-Treating with Claire, we went back to the beginning of her journal. Every page was a story and a photo, and each one was heart-stopping or funny. We read the whole thing! From years of Halloween costumes, to playing in the snow, to snuggling in bed, to climbing a tree… these are the children’s weekend memories.
Do you know what it’s like to have fifteen children crowding around you, pushing to get a view, interrupting to say something, and desperately wanting more? I do. So does Gloria. She joined us when we read her entire journal, and she was smiling.