Thursday, May 24, 2012
How I teach
I walk in. 20 eyes stare at me. I do nothing. They begin to get anxious. Still nothing. Then they get restless. Nothing. The eyes start to do something. Looking around, looking away, closing, refusing to open, THEN!!!! I smile. The eyes stop and return to me. I look at one pair and say in a hearty voice from Santa's belly, "I am Happy", those eyes look away but this time they are accompanied with a smile. I notice 9 other smiles have joined company. I take my hand and wipe my smile off my face and make a fist. I now have my smile in my hand - not on my face. I do not say this figuratively in any extent of the word. I HAVE my smile in my hand. I point to my fist and raise it with a bellow before battle, "I HAVE A SMILE IN MY HAND!!!!". My kids look around with a mouth that understands but eyes that don't. I then meet each pair of eyes with mine as if scanning for something I need. I see it. And I throw my smile at the face below those eyes. Those eyes are now partnered with my smile, and the game continues.