March 2018 SOLC–Day 6
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On lunch duty Friday, I was racing around the cafeteria, encouraging students to finish up lunch and keeping a loose lid on the bubbling chaos.
“Hey, Mrs. Hogan. Do you want to hear a joke?” B. called out as I rushed by him, bee-lining toward a rambunctious table.
Putting on the brakes, mentally and physically, I took a deep breath and responded, “Sure, B.” Then, remembering my OLW for the year (pause), I took another breath and actually sat down on the stool next to him.
“Who’s the best animal at playing baseball?” he asked me.
I thought for a moment. “Ugh, I should know this one, but I can’t think of it,” I said. “I give up. Who is the best animal at playing baseball?”
“A bat!” he crowed, eyes lit with laughter. “You know, like a baseball bat and a bat bat.”
“Oh, that’s right,” I said, smiling. “That one’s a classic! Do you have another one?”
He grinned at me. “Why don’t you want to play games with jungle cats?”
“Wait! I think I know this one,” I said. He graciously gave me some think time. All around us children chatted and laughed and knives and forks clattered on trays. Finally, I suggested, “Because they’re always lion?”
“No! Because they’re cheetahs!” he said.
We both laughed.
“Thanks, B.” I said, but I didn’t immediately get up to rush away. I just sat by him for a few minutes longer, enjoying the moment, pausing in the midst of the day.