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Charlie receives a shock

April 18, 2011

I went to turn in paperwork for the twins and Miss P to start a once-a-week preschool program in the fall.  While in the office, we ran into the principal who asked if I would fill in for her special ed. coordinator (once a week) who is on bed rest for the next five weeks.  I agreed and so, instead of starting preschool in the fall, they will be starting this week. They find this very unsettling as I had previously told them they would go to school when they are three, and they keep reminding me that they are not yet three.  They have never gone easily into nursery situations and have only recently warmed up to their Sunday school teacher.

While we continue to be part of a small house church that meets on Sunday evenings, we’ve been visiting a larger church on Sunday mornings so that Dan and I can have a little break from the children to participate in a worship service.  Their Sunday school teacher Miss Kris has become a major player in their small circle of friends.  She has a warm, grandmotherly presence that sets them right at ease.  Seeing their teacher away from the classroom holds particular facination for them.  We often experience Miss Kris sightings in public (so far all false alarms), and they have asked many total strangers, “Excuse me, are you Miss Kris?” I have observed this facination with the life of the teacher many times at Hope Academy.  Once I was helping in a kindergarten class and the teacher mentioned her cat.  One of the students responded, flabbergasted, “You have a cat…that means…wait…you don’t LIVE here?” I remember the strange experience of once seeing my own teacher at the gas station.

This morning we made our pre-class bathroom stop.  For the first time, one of the two stalls in the church bathroom was occupied.  I pointed out the closed door and explained that this meant that someone was inside.  We entered the vacant stall and while I was lifting Elisabeth off of the toilet, Charlie dropped to his knees, peering under the wall into the next stall shouting, “Hey, hey, is somebody in there?”  It was (gasp) none other than MISS KRIS!  Talk about seeing your teacher out of context…

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Brenda permalink
    April 18, 2011 9:36 am

    Lucy, what a gift you have for storytelling. Delivery is everything and your stories always have the surprise ending in the right place.

  2. April 18, 2011 6:38 pm

    Are you doing the family preschool at Hand in Hand? We’re signed up for next year, too!

  3. April 18, 2011 7:37 pm

    lol! Really, that’s about all I can say. Charlie is too funny!

    By the way, Morrow loves Miss Kris too!

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