Today, as Mrs. D. read Splat the Cat, I sat next to Richard who was simply tickled pink each time the teacher’s name was spoken. For those not familiar with the story, her name is Mrs. Wimpydimple – a seriously funny moniker.
I can’t explain why the sound of her name was so hilarious to Richard, but watching him crack a smile and attempting (rather unsuccessfully) to suppress giggles each time her name was spoken just made my afternoon.
When Mrs. D. finished the book, I commented on the silly sounding name.
“Richard, you really loved that name, ‘Mrs. Wimpydimple,’ didn’t you?” I asked him provoking more smiles and laughter.
“Does anyone know what dimples are?” I questioned.
A group of blank stares signaled me to explain.
“A dimple is, well look at my face when I smile…” I began offering a wide grin and my own dimples as evidence.
We then proceeded to have everyone try and show us if they had dimples and watched as they all tried to out smile each other. All the smiling lead to more laughing… laughing led to a spontaneous hug-a-thon where everyone made a line in front of us and gave us hugs… a few friends for the first time this year and others going back and forth between the two of us like a ping pong ball hugging one, then the other, then back again for more.
Even with all the learning going on, we never stop smiling, laughing, hugging, and having a grand old time. Just another amazing day in kindergarten.