Each day during March, I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC). All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, every day for thirty-one days. My slices will be primarily about teaching preschoolers. Check out the Two Writing Teachers website for lots more reflections on teaching. Thanks especially to Stacey, Tara, Anna, Beth, Dana, and Betsy for hosting this writing challenge.
We were working at the sink together, rinsing paintbrushes, when he inquired,
"Ms. Ingram, what are those spots?"
"Those spots on your hand. My grammy has the same hands as you."
"Oh, these spots, these brown ones? I'm not sure…I think they are called age spots; I wonder if your grammy has age spots like me?"
"She has 'em on her hands when she makes pancakes and I see them when we go to the park. I see them on her. They don't wash off."
"No, they don't."
"Do they hurt? My grammy's don't hurt."
"Oh, no, they don't hurt. They just show up, as time goes by, as I get older."
"Will I get them, too? How old will I be when I get them?"
"Well, I don't know. "
"Will I be four?"
"I think you will be more than four. I don't know if everybody gets them or just some of us. I don't know."
"My Grammy doesn't know either."
I remember noticing these same spots on my own grandmother's hands,
many, many, many years ago.
These spots snuck up on me! It's really pretty amazing.
I had not noticed.
Ah, but preschoolers - they don't miss a thing!