Wednesday, April 24, 2013
I'll admit it. I love to spin the spark points bonus wheel.
Every day I fool around earning points just so I hit the 25 mark and get that second chance. I can't even tell you why it's so much fun since I have an ancient computer and sort of slow satellite Internet service. It's really not like spinning a real wheel. Here at home the wheel sort of jerks around like someone spilled jelly on the gears. But I still love doing it. It's like finding money.
Goofy, I know.
Today is Hump Day - which usually means Story Hour Day for me. I still do the Wed. pre-school story hour - just about the only public thing I regularly do any more since I have so much good public service staff. They don't need me for that and they do need me to be doing Other Things in the back room. But I seriously heart those little wide eyed chaotic loving wee ones. We have a little ritual too - when it comes to craft time. I keep the crayons all mixed together in a shoe box. When I pull it out I ask them "And what does Mrs. Haile like best about crayons?"
they all shout "The THMELL!"
And then we all get to sniff the box. I really do love the crayon scent - so much that I asked for a bottle of crayon perfume for my birthday (asked my son - Sons always give their mothers what they ask for)
I keep this at the library and any child who wants a spritz on his wrist gets one. Very waxy scented library on Wednesdays.
then I ask them "And what do I like Second Best about crayons?"
And they shout "The SOUND!"
and then I slowly pour the entire box on the table, letting the rattle fill the room. And then we all put our hands in the big heap of color sticks and spread them out so everyone can enjoy them, while I remind them that when I see So Much Color I feel So Rich - as if there was everything you ever needed to make the world beautiful.
Rituals are wonderful for children. Kids love to feel like they are catching up with us grown-ups so when they can remember something they feel like they're part of the team. and a ritual very quickly becomes something they remember. This ritual is something they love and expect and get every week. It makes them feel like they're going in the right direction.
I also think it is important for all of us to feel rich. Most of the sorrow in the world (I humbly claim) seems to stem from a feeling of lack - from thinking there's not enough to go around. At a library - there are so many books - so many choices - enough to feel as rich as a king ... or a queen. It's the same with a big box of crayons. And as one of the first lessons in life - I love teaching little kids that there's not only enough - there's enough for EVERYONE to feel RICH!
Huh - So. I never know where a blog is going to go when I start typing. Who knew I'd wander into story hour today. Ah well. Happy Hump Day to you. May you feel RICH!