Some days just aren’t the best days. Children feel that, too. When everything seems to fall apart, there is Gloria. She is the quiet one, the savior. She listens to children and gets hugged – constantly. She lives on the couch, and she often joins us for Morning Meeting or activities. Children read to Gloria and include her in their play.
But sometimes Gloria is just ‘there’.
And sometimes being ‘there’ makes all the difference in the world. Because tears fall and hearts break. Because we need love.
Gloria just has a way with children. Maybe it’s because she’s a little different. She always seems to understand. Reading to Gloria – reading her very own journal – was all it took to soothe the child’s heart and dry her tears.
The weather was freezing cold and windy today. Snow would have been better than gray skies and the remains of cold rain and mud. As we dressed in our winter gear to go outside to play, some children were less than excited.
“Do you think it’s too cold for Gloria?”
Fifteen children suddenly became very excited. So, we bundled her up in her Peace Quilt and took her outside. I handed Gloria over to the children. They scooped her up like a baby. And they put her in the swing.
We sang songs to Gloria. Children told me the songs she wanted to hear. Music warms the heart. Gloria already knows that. Now the children know, too.