It happens every year. Gloria comes to school, and children are wide-eyed. Silent. Maybe scared. And somehow, she becomes a friend. Well, not exactly. She becomes herself, and children want to be her friend.
It started with Eddie. He was smiling and waved. He wanted to shake Gloria’s hand. James did not. He watched, he listened to his classmates who had older siblings that knew Gloria. Suddenly he burst out, “Gloria, I have a sister!”
Gloria told the children she was shy and scared. She told them that she had been called unkind words, and that’s why she became an Aqua Roomer. The children listened. Children have big hearts. Sometimes they just need a reason to share that heart.
The conversation and questions went something like this:
I like your mask.
Do you have ears?
Does Gloria like unicorns?
Has she been pumpkin picking?
Gloria, how did you get to school?
When Gloria’s ‘meet and greet’ was over, it was time for a story. Nolan spoke up:
Can she sit with me?
She did. Thank you for taking such good care of Gloria, Nolan.