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Friday, December 2, 2016

#2 #hugejoy


"Royalty"

Princess drags rhinestoned
slippers from purple backpack
adjusts tiara
and prepares to pirouette
at most improved reader ball

(C) Carol Wilcox, 2016

Backstory: I thought I was going to write under the hashtag #smallkindness, but today I have to write about huge joy. This afternoon was our end-of-trimester awards assembly. One of my intervention students was selected as "Most Improved Third Grade Reader." Usually, the kids don't find out what awards they have won until the assembly, but somehow, she discovered earlier this week that she was going to win this award. She was absolutely beside-herself thrilled (so was her reading teacher!). This morning, when I walked in the door to work with her group, she immediately dragged me out into the hall. "I have something to show you," she said, opening her locker and pulling out her purple backpack. Somewhere, maybe from her ninth grade sister's middle school graduation, she had gotten a pair of sparkly, rhinestoned silver high-heeled sandals.  "I'm ready for the assembly," she told me. "I'm getting dressed up." And sure enough, when it was time for the assembly, she teetered across the stage in her too-big sparkly sandals. Such huge joy!

3 comments:

Ramona said...

Such joy! I love your words, "prepared to pirouette." And your title - Royalty, absolutely perfect for this joyful time.

Linda B said...

That is a beautiful celebration, Carol. So happy for her! She won't forget it for a long time.

Jone MacCulloch said...

That is so fabulous. I love the "backstory" of your tanka. I may have to start writing the backstories to mine.