A Crystal Clear Surprise #sol20

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A Crystal Clear Surprise #20

March 6, 2020

There is was, a typical Thursday morning, chock-full of meetings, concerns, to-do lists, when I turn the corner into a very crowded office.  Pulled out of my own thoughts, I noticed a family in my path.  Two parents, but there in the heart of it, a small friend somewhere in the preschool range.

He looked up at me expectantly, two small figures pinched between his small fingers.

Hey, dude!  What do you have there? 

I said as I leaned down to give him a face-to-face and the items a closer look.

Can I take a look? 

Small hands reached out and deposited those tightly held friends into my outstretched hand.

.        Wow,  this is a gorilla, right?  

I stretched my fingers out to him with the gorilla loosely displayed between them.


He said, his smile widening, anticipating what would come next…

But what’s this?  It looks like a cheshire cat with a…  I hold up the mini-fig with clearly a purple smiling cheshire cat upper half. However its lower half is a wild genie-snake-ish tale.


He said, assuming shared knowledge between us.

            Amazing.  What a good idea!

We shared a smile.

He began to turn toward his mother and then I noticed the clear pint-size backpack on his back.  He was fully-loaded.  Figuring prominently in the front of the bag was a realistic looking hard plastic well-loved cow.  Behind the cow was a dazzling collection of mini-lego figures, cars, crayons, paper, a small coloring book, and a lot of other supplies.

.            You came prepared, dude!

A small nod returned from that open place.  He knew he was all set.  Three small fingers stretched out.

Wish you were coming soon.  Can’t wait to see you again. 

I thought as I walked away.  Mood lifted by that  crystal clear surprise.

For the month of March , I will be participating in the Slice of Life Challenge (#sol20) sponsored by Two Writing Teachers. I will be slicing each day for 31 days inspired by my work as a literacy specialist and coach, my life, and my fellow bloggers.  This is day 6.

10 thoughts on “A Crystal Clear Surprise #sol20

  1. I love that line, “We shared a smile.” So concise and so perfect for this small moment you shared with this little person. The fact that he deposited those toys in your hands meant he must’ve felt he could trust you. Such lovely detail here!

  2. I think someone will be looking for you when he shows up next. I love the line “He looked up at me expectantly, two small figures pinched between his small fingers.” That’s how they come to us, and you didn’t disappoint him.

  3. Such a sweet moment. He knew where to find someone who will understand and care for him the next time he shows up. You definitely did not disappoint him.

  4. I love the ‘assuming shared knowledge’ that I often share with my students. I often have no idea what show, video, or toy they are talking about, but their passion and energy to teach me is contagious. Amazing the treasure we can find in a moment of pause, smile, and listen.

  5. As I read your slice, I thought: “What a magical connection!” Scrolling down to this commenting box, I see your One Little Word for 2020 is connection, and that seems like an excellent, multi-valent choice.

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