Here is a sweet little Kindergartner. She carefully selected this spot in front of an upturned and half painted doghouse for her first portrait. Questionable taste in back drops aside, this kid is perfect.
She was a little distressed that people were lumping her siblings in on her first day. I had to explain to her that, though they had both been in school previously, today WAS their first day back, but that it was her first day EVER. This explanation satisfied. Please note the giant name tag that she will be wearing until her teacher is comfortable with everyone’s name. Eden was not pleased that it featured Curious George. I asked why.
“I don’t like monkeys,” she leveled her gaze, “because of their bottoms.”
Can you blame her?
“I know some kids like monkeys because they don’t know about the bottoms. The kids who have been to school before have apples (she had noted the first graders’ name tags) but I think we have Curious George because we’re curious about learning.” There was a tone of respect for the purpose behind the mascot (pun unintended) if not for George himself.