When she walked in the room, I knew this would be a tough negotiation. We both wanted the object in her hand, but her eyes were telling me I was going home empty handed.
Still, I had to try.
The thing, so tiny, so perfect ... like a diamond only bigger, differently shaped, not pure carbon, not crystalline, not transparent, not inanimate ... okay, maybe not literally like a diamond.
Precious like a diamond.
She wanted to know what it was, what it ate, how should she care for it ...
I answered all of these questions gently, but always with a ... "You can give it to me, I'll take care of it here in the classroom where you could come visit it."
Her eyes turned steely.
She wasn't going to bite.
How could she defeat me?
It's elementary my dear Watson.
In the end, I gave in to my opponent, a sweet fifth grade girl, smaller than my Labrador BEAR.
One of the benefits of working at a unique, wonderfully tiny school like Cedar Key School isthe fact that we are pre-K through 12th grade, so you have contact with kids of all ages.
And when you are the science teacher ... they bring you stuff... cool stuff like the baby Florida box turtle below.
|You can see why I made a determined effort to become the owner of this little bit of Chelonian charisma.|