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Friday, May 16, 2008

Little Burnt Out

Want to feel special? Be the focus of a school field trip with 28 kids. Judy, a previous employee who has gone on to become a school teacher, came to visit me yesterday with her class of 2nd graders from elementary school PS 124 in Chinatown.
This was a real eye opener for me and I quickly saw the rewards and joys of teaching children. Certainly a handful of work of course, but I had it good - like a grandparent. Judy and her associates did all the work of managing the kids - I had all the fun.
There were squeals, giggles and screams at every opportunity. And I was the center of attraction as they toured my facility, attentive to my every word and demonstration. They asked questions of me and vice versa. Every one of our staff was quite charmed.
What is particularly interesting is how kids absorb things. I was asked if I still juggle and I responded that I enjoyed many aspects of the business but I was a little burnt out after 33 years. I proceeded to explain what "burnt out" meant. I thought it would be over their heads. I later learned that one of the kids said to the principle of the school, in response to a comment she made, that perhaps she was burnt out and should consider retiring :)


Lady Demeter said...

Yes, it's fascinating how kids absorb things. I work at a child care tree times a week and although I'm not very much older than the kids (I'm 18) they always amaze me with the way they look at things.
Nice photo and a lovely school class :)

Felicia said...

Your photo caught my eye on the portal. Cute little sponges! It looks like you work at a fun place. I also perused your latest posts and wanted to say that I love your photos, commentaries, and feel that you do a great job of showing and exemplifying your city...and you have for a long time too! Kudos to you and happy Friday!

Lessie said...

What a fun photo -- and very interesting commentary. Makes me curious about where you work!

• Eliane • said...

First, this picture is adorable. We can see the connection and see that these little sponges had a geat time! Second, you're story proves that we often don't give enough credit to children. They understand much more than we assume.

estellar said...

ditto on all the previous comments! i love this entry. it's cute and a great reminder how wonderful kids are =) on a side note, i actually do love all your entries. they're all different yet interesting in their own way - some truly thought provoking and refreshing.

crittoria said...

Great story! I'm still smiling about what that child told the principal. ;-)