Three years ago, I was assigned to read with a little kindergarten girl. Upon meeting her, she explained, ” I don’t like this sort of thing, being with people I don’t know.” I told her it makes me kind of nervous, too, so let’s just take it one step at a time and see how it goes… And indeed, we read together for three years.
Then, one time, in the middle of our last semester together, I had to unexpectedly miss a class with her. Upon returning the next week, she sat me down and scolded me, ” You know, I was real disappointed you weren’t here last week. You need to tell me when you aren’t going to be here.” That was quite a turnabout and it did make me laugh; I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment.