I wrapped up my lesson with my kindergarten group and then they lined up at the door. Usually, they’re in a hurry to line up because when they leave my classroom, they go directly to the cafeteria for lunch. G is always ready to line up for lunch. Like me, she’s ready to eat at 11:00 However, yesterday, she didn’t line up as quickly or enthusiastically. Instead, she seemed to hesitate before lining up. She looked at me and asked “What are you going to give us?” I wasn’t sure if I heard her correctly, so I asked her to repeat her question and I realized that I had heard her correctly, but I couldn’t figure out why she was asking that question. Valentine’s Day was last week and I had some treats for them when the left my classroom, so I wondered if G was thinking about that.
G must have noticed my confusion and decided to provide an explanation for me. Very patiently, she said, “It’s Presents Day, so you’re supposed to give us something.” As soon as she said “Presents Day,” I had to stifle the urge to smile. Stifling the urge, I tried to give a brief explanation about “President’s Day,” but based on the expression on her face, I don’t think that she was satisfied with my response. Before she followed the other students into the hall, she glanced at my desk one last time (usually I have a basket with their treats on my desk) before resigning herself to the fact that she wasn’t getting a present after all.