Thursday, October 30, 2008
We've been sent a couple of emails about not endorsing candidates at school, so I have been tight lipped about the topic with students. One of my favorite fifth graders was workin' a political tee shirt for MY candidate today. Since first grade, this girl has always been a little larger than life, often reminding me of a mini-Ethel Merman. A goodhearted kid, she has endured a lot of heartaches in her short time. Probably that's why I feel especially tender hearted towards her. I can tell she likes me too, as she is one of the few kids who always gives a hearty laugh at all of my lame jokes. Anyway, here she is workin' my candidate's tee shirt, and it was all I could do to not give her the "thumbs up" for wearing it. I wanted to whisper to her that I like the guy too... but I wasn't supposed to, and so I didn't. Sometimes I feel a connection with kids that is more friendly and familial than scholarly, and feel frustrated not being able to express it.