Today is Thanksgiving in America (duh), but not in Japan, so it was a day like many others. The difference is today, I actually took a moment to think about my job and the fact that I am thankful I have it. I don’t just mean I’m thankful I have paycheck (although that is fantastic). I mean I’m thankful for the kids I work with and the experiences I have with them. I may complain bitterly about my job at times, but the kids. My kids are awesome and sometimes I think I learn more from them than they do from me.
Today I spent the better part of my afternoon trying to wake up one of my K2 kids from nap time. I’m called upon to do this frequently, partially, I think, because it may take me a little time, but he generally wakes up with fewer tears and more smiles and giggles. Today, he didn’t want to wake up and none if my usual tricks worked, including taking away his blanket and pillow (I know…so mean), picking him up and dancing with him, holding him in my lap and using his arms to gesture while I sing songs, and talking to him in funny voices. This kid has the biggest steak of independence, which drives ne crazy at times, but working with him and his classmates is always an adventure. I never know what they’re going to do from one day to the next. Today, this kid wanted to sleep so badly that he did this:
There’s a three year old little boy wrapped in that mat because if I can’t see him, I can’t use any other tricks to wake him up.
The thing that finally convinced him to get up? Building blocks. Like I said. Always an adventure and one I’m thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving, folks. May you have an abundance to be thankful for today, and every day.