Saturday, December 13, 2014
Wishes, Lies and Dreams #7
Remember when I used to work in the cafeteria at my old school and I would bring puppets on occasion? When I got back to my new school, I was unsure about the puppets, so I put them in a big tub and hoisted them up on a high shelf away from everyone. But then one day, I had to bring out Jack the terrier at morning meeting. I just had to do it. Then the next week, Mousey made an appearance. Now the Thirdlanders have dubbed all Fridays to be Puppet Fridays. So Mookie the Chimp showed up last week. Yesterday, Kelpie the Sea Otter spent time with us. The Thirdlanders flipped out over Kelpie. They hugged and held him at morning meeting. They requested his presence at Writer's Workshop. They patted and tickled him while he looked over their stories. To a thirdlander, they all groaned when it was time to put Kelpie back up on the shelf with his puppet pals.
One of the Thirdlanders stood next to me rubbing Kelpie's head, preventing me from putting Kelpie away. "I wish we all could have Kelpies. Can you get 24 Kelpies so we can all have one?"
This idea was completely preposterous, but I responded with calm matter of factitude. "Well, probably not. But I get it. Kelpie is very cute."
He screamed back at me, "He's not cute! He's adorable!"
I reminded him that a gift giving occasion was coming up and maybe he should share his wish with his family. That's how #1 got all these puppets, so the wishing out loud could work for others as well. I wish all the Thirdlanders could have a Kelpie of their own. I may write a grant to give puppets to all of them in the New Year.