Gloria and Allie

Everyone adores Gloria, and I do mean everyone.  After all, she is the nice one, the good friend.  She gives children unconditional love.  Do you know that Gloria has a journal?  It is well-worn from love.  When children take Gloria home for the weekend, they write about their adventures in her journal, often including a photo.  We read her stories aloud to everyone.

Gloria has more of a social life than I do.  She attends graduations, high school basketball games, and Birthday parties.  She spends holidays with families, including helping to decorate the Christmas tree.  She goes sledding, climbs trees, and plays in the park.

Friendships develop at different levels.  And, some children have a closer bond with Gloria.  Allie does.

This is Allie and Gloria, and a recent entry in Gloria’s journal:

Allie was over the moon to have Gloria visit with us this weekend.  Gloria enjoyed having breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the table.  She and Allie and Richie enjoyed playing together and watching the Halloween decorations emerge from their attic boxes!  What fun!

Gloria also got to meet Jordan as it was Family Weekend at the University of Rhode Island.  Gloria and Allie loved walking around the pretty campus. Everyone got to see Jordan’s Sorority House and enjoy a great barbecue.  We then went to see her dormitory.  She calls it a dorm.  It was fun to climb on her bed on risers and twinkling lights!

Many people were interested in Gloria and many thought she was something she was not.  Allie firmly, but kindly told them about who she really was… an Aqua Roomer, good friend, and one of the best weekend visitors. 🙂  Thanks, Gloria!

My goodness!  When I read aloud this journal entry to the class, I wasn’t prepared for the wave of emotion that made my words break and crackle. Always happens when you least expect it, especially with Gloria.  Remember, she is very real to the children and a perfect ‘tool’ in order to teach diversity: looks can be deceiving, so children need to see what is on the inside and not on the outside.

Recently Gloria went trick-or-treating with Allie.  Allie brought in a photo to put in Gloria’s journal and told me all about Halloween night.  Together, we wrote:

On Halloween Night I went trick-or-treating with Gloria.  She got nervous about all the costumes.  She didn’t want to dress-up.  Pop was wearing a super silly clown hat and mustache.  Gloria thought that was silly.  She was super brave in the dark.  She loved me and my Robin costume.

Thank you, Gloria, for all you give to children.  Because of you, their hearts are bigger and they are wise beyond their years. You are my hero.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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37 Responses to Gloria and Allie

  1. Darlene says:

    I love your stories about Gloria!

  2. This was really a beautiful story. I liked the part about teaching diversity, and not judging others by their looks. We had our grandchild this past weekend, and she loves a doll we have, which is old and worn, and has a silly face. Thanks for a great read.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    What a sweet story. Gloria certainly leads an interesting life 😉

  4. What a delightful post. I’ve read about these but never followed it. What a fun experience for everyone–including Gloria!

  5. beetleypete says:

    Everything to do with Gloria is always such a joy to read. Looks like she had a wonderful time with Allie!
    Best wishes, Pete.

  6. Luanne says:

    Gloria is definitely a hero. So is everyone involved in this story! 🙂

  7. Gloria is a wonderful idea, Jennie. Lovely to read how the children bond with her.

  8. reocochran says:

    Glloria makes adults love her by seeing how comfortable the children are with her, Jennie! 💞

  9. L. Marie says:

    I got choked up reading that story. What a beautiful lesson for your students!

  10. Gloria is a treasure! She teaches the children so many lessons on so many levels. My favorite is how Gloria encourages the use and understanding of language. What a wonderful teaching concept! Thank you for sharing, Jennie. 🙂

  11. FlowerAlley says:

    Precious. I love her, too.

  12. Tina Frisco says:

    Such a profound way to teach children about tolerance and diversity, Jennie ❤

  13. John Fioravanti says:

    Gloria as a teaching tool is pure genius, Jennie!

  14. Aw, Gloria is SO special. What a great opportunity for children to spread kindness, even to those who may appear different from themselves.

  15. ren says:

    Gloria IS the kind of hero we need in our world today. Thank you Gloria, for who you are!

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