Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Not the Biological Mother

The classroom has pink puff balls that hang from the ceiling at all different heights. All of the borders of the bulletin boards are polk-a-dot and the classroom smells like glue and markers in just the right way. The light shines through the window and it warms my goose bump filled skin. It look so peaceful outside, but it is complete mayhem inside! It is the perfect Kindergarten classroom. Just the right amount of fun and strictness.

Little Herber comes up to me in his usual blue and white striped shirt, jeans, and white Converse. He immediately puts his head into my stomach and starts balling. I feel his warm tears soak into my thin shirt as I reach for him. I start to tickle him and realize how I  love the way his face lights up as he laughs even with the tear streaks going down his face. He laughs and laughs until he is hunched over. Once I relieve him from the tickle monster he says, "Miss Mary, I love you more than I love my Mom."

"Oh Herber, that is not true. You love your Mom!"

"But Miss Mary, my tummy is growling and it hurts. Mommy didn't have enough food to give to me so she ate it all."

"Well good thing I always have goldfish crackers for you!" He eats his goldfish in the corner away from the other kids. Little Herber is my absolute favorite child. He is sweet, thoughtful, funny, a hard worker, kind to others...the list goes on and on. His family life is so difficult. The Dad didn't stay around long enough to ever see his wonderful smile. The mom is too high to even notice she has a child. He knows nothing different. Everyday he comes in and cries to me for a little bit about being hungry and then he goes on being his cheerful little self. He tells me sweet stories when I have had a bad day and I end up laughing until I am hunched over. He sits with me when it is lunch time and recess. When he really needs to concentrate on his work he bites his top lip and always tells everyone to be quite as he tells his brain that it needs to work. His parents know nothing of his little quirks.

"I'm done with my snack Miss Mary. I love you more than all the stars in the sky!"

"I love you more than all of the people in this world! Now go sit with the other children and I'll come get you when it is your turn to practice sounds." What saves this little boy everyday, I don't know. All I do know is that his personality is like the little pink puff balls that hang in the classroom. They are cheerful. They make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. There is so many levels to them and you can never find the core. Herber, my little pink puff ball.

1 comment:

  1. I liked the characterization of Heber, and then comparing him with the pink fuzz ball. Maybe set the scene at the beginning, showing and expounding a bit more of the mayhem happening around you, so that it contrasts with the peaceful, warm fuzz balls that just hang silently over watching. Just a suggestion!