Ms. Moss has been too busy teaching and taking night classes to blog this week. Oh. And there was an earthquake. The kids hopped under the desks lickety-split. It was an exciting day. The next day we gathered in the library to write about it. Questions filled the shadowy corners of every 6 and 7 year-old mind.
Was it real?
Will the whole world crack open?
Are aliens under the ground?
Is the world going to end?
Will my apartment building fall down?
WHY did the earthquake come?
Is it coming back?
Are the bad people going to die?
Did god make the earthquake?
Did the devil?
Did the birds feel it if they were flying?
I had fun answering them all. Most of my answers led to more questions. But some answers were accepted. Hook, line, and sinker.
Q. If my apartment building is made of bricks will it crash down?
A. No. Only if it’s made of straw or sticks. Bricks are very very safe.
The kid looking out the window only had one question. It involved recess.
Fran Meneley says
Eager monkeys…..great teacher! A wonderous combination! They are lucky Miss Moss. xo frannie
I was thinking of you and your little monkey clan….so glad there were no injuries…
Laura Miller says
Who is cuter? The Little Monkies or their teacher? You, MA, are one in a million. Makes me wish I was 7 again. Or that you were in the IE so my 7 year old granddaughter could be in your class.
And I’d be the kid examining her own knee.
I LOVE THIS PICTURE!!
Thanks so much for sharing these questions. It makes me feel good that you are there with your good sense and intellect to lead them through these mysteries.
Of course, my relationship with children can be summed up in: ‘Recess is now, so please go outside.’
But I feel better about our future, because YOU’re the authority figure, not me.
look at those enraptured faces! – someone has inspired these sweet angels – lucky them – and so thankful that the big shake was short and brief – at least from this vantage point…
xox – eb.
susan w says
Who took the photo and whom are they listening to? Such attention – precious FLEETING moments of that rapture before reverting to swinging and scratching. You said you had no permanent classroom home this year – How does that work??? Kids are flexible about things like that; not so much bigs.
I am happy to see this year’s crop; I will start meeting my potentials shortly – or my shortly portents as it were.
Do you know Jasper Fforde’s books – huge fun for grown up readers.
Cute monkeys! Don’t you just love their innocence? (That might have been creative spelling but I have only been up 10 minutes and my brain is still asleep)
I Love Kids! Of course I am on my month break from my job….ask me in December! karen b….
Judy Wise says
Beautiful photograph, MA, it takes my breath away to see such innocent and beautiful faces. Darn that earthquake. I don’t like it when the monkeys have to worry or that big monkey either. Glad everyone is alright although I know it must have been frightening.xo
Love their little beautiful faces. Love the questions and your answers. Glad you’re ok and your kids too. I was worried about all of my internet friends out in CA when I heard about this. Hope you’re having a great weekend.
from the mouths of babes. I love the distinctly individual areas of concern. A beautiful photos of your kids