Greeting to my camp family from the frozen state of Maine! We’ve had 3 major snow storms in the month of February…upwards of 30 inches. I like to walk around camp in the winter but this year I’m afraid I would slide down the hill to Pinter Puddle and not be able to make it back up! Hopefully it all melts before camp starts!
Thinking about what to write for this blog, I knew I couldn’t give any tips on acting an audition or getting into character for a part. Other than the role of THE princess in the Princess and the Pea play for my 4th grade class, I have no acting experience to share with you. As everyone knows, it’s always best to write about something you are knowledgeable about, so here goes!
In real life (aka the other 9 months of the year!) I work as a teacher aid in kindergarten at a primary school in Oakland Maine. There is something so refreshing looking at the world through the eyes of a 5-year-old! They are curious, innocent, full of life and oh how I envy their energy!! They come bursting through the doors in the morning ready, willing and able to conquer their little worlds! I come home exhausted but have so many funny stories every day! Here are a few of my favorites:
** I showed Molly a card with the word “they” on it and asked her if she knew what the word was. She tapped her forehead several times, thought for a moment and said “The word is in there Mrs. Bisol, I just know it. I can’t seem to find it right now but I know it’s in there!” I am happy to report Molly did indeed “find” the word and correctly told me what it was!
**Nicholas said it was his birthday. I asked how old he was and he said 5. I immediately said I am 5 too! He thought for a minute and said with some skepticism “Is there another number with that 5?”
**While walking down the hallway we tell the children to put a “bubble” in their mouths so they won’t be tempted to talk. I told Aidan (a spirited, adorable but naughty little boy) to put his bubble in. He looked at me with his beautiful green eyes, red hair and freckled face and said “Then how can I tell you how much I love you?!” *sigh*
**In learning to write stories the children were asked to write the first, next and last thing they would do to decorate their Christmas tree. I asked Abbey “What’s the first thing you would do to decorate your Christmas tree?” Looking at me like I had two heads she said “Get dressed!!!”
**And then there was the little girl who really wanted to save her snack but was going out to play so she put her peeled banana in the pocket of her ski pants…yup….I can’t make these stories up!
My wish for you is to have half the energy, excitement and joy for what YOU love to do that these precious little ones do. Everyone needs a shot of 5-year-old enthusiasm. I know it’s done me a world of good! Be safe, be happy and be grateful.
Till we meet again….Office Amy