This week New Hampshire celebrates Reading with the Read Across America NEA project. Reilly asked me to read in his classroom which I did today. I needed to bring Shea since she and I pal around. Reilly and his teacher had two little chairs set up and one big chair. He introduced us to his classmates. I was Mrs Hansen and Shea was his buddy sister.
Since he seemed to be hearing a lot of Dr Suess books this week, he and I picked out our favorite books from our shelves to read to his classmates. I picked ish and he picked Frog and Toad. They are both fun books. The kids seemed to really like the ish book and it’s one of my favorites – that made it fun.
After I finished reading and the class was transitioning back to their desks a little girl came up to me and said
Hi Mrs Hansen, can I tell you a secret?
(girl comes up close and whispers to me with her lips touching my ear) I am in love with Reilly so much.
Ohhhhhhhh, that’s nice. What’s your name? (giggling on the inside)
Okay, keep that a secret okay?
On the way out the teacher and I discussed the conversation and she let me know that many of the girls in the class feel that way. She then asked Reilly which girl was he holding hands with recently in class. (she had to separate the two of them) He just shrugged it off and said a bothered “I don’t know.”
It was a totally cute moment to me and it made me appreciate going into his classroom and engaging with his classmates.