Tuesday, March 22, 2016
SLICE #22- If the label matches…
D and Y skip happily down the hall.
"Dr. Carol, Dr. Carol, I got chosen for BRAVO," chortles D.
"Me too," Y chimes in, "and X (her brother) is mad because he didn't get chosen."
BRAVO is our school's character ed incentive program. Kids who are caught showing positive character traits get a ticket. The tickets go in a big bucket, and once a month there is a schoolwide drawing (lots of the primary grade teachers do them a lot more often). Kids whose names are drawn go to the library to select a prize- anything from a bouncy ball to magic pencils that change color when you rub them to hot cheetos for the older kids.
I exclaim over their good fortune and the two skip off toward the library.
A few minutes later, when I am doing my after school duty, I run into D again. She has one of those long infinity scarves looped around her neck, several times.
"Look, Dr. Carol, look what I won! Look what I won at BRAVO."
She holds the gray and brown and orange patterned scarf out from her neck, so I can admire it more fully.
"Do you want to try it on? You can try it on," she asks, with utmost generosity.
D unloops the scarf from her neck and gently slides it over my head.
I hold the scarf up. "What do you think? Does it look nice?" I ask.
All of a sudden D looks a little worried.
"Well, it doesn't really match," she says pointing to my navy patterned skirt and white blouse.
"No?" I tip my head in question.
"No," she insists. "It doesn't really match."
I can tell she is getting more concerned, so I pull the scarf over my head, and hand it back to her.
"Well maybe it matches a little," she says in relief, pointing to the white manufacturer's tag. "See that's white and you are white," she says pointing to my shirt.
I have to agree that the white label matches my white shirt.
"Maybe you can wear my scarf someday," she says, darting away to the after school program.
I have a feeling I will be waiting a little while for my turn.