Friday, February 11, 2011
Every Friday is Show and Share Friday at Lukas' pre-school.
And every Thursday afternoon, at work, Mrs. LIAYF and I will respectively get an email from the school detailing what the theme is for the next day. It usually follows a theme based on the time of the year or whatever holiday is upcoming. These are themes like Fall or Your Favorite Christmas Present or Something Halloween.
Well, as it turns out both Mrs. LIAYF and I were extremely busy yesterday and didn't get the notification for Friday's theme until late last night. Usually, we can quickly pick something out, stuff it into his backpack and have it taken care of before we are in a rush to get him out the door the next morning. But last night we were stumped. Mrs. LIAYF announced the theme to me, and we just kind of stared at each other wondering what would be appropriate to pack.
With Valentines coming on Monday, the theme was Love.
Sure, love seems like it wouldn't be too difficult a notion to wrap our heads around and find an appropriate show and share item, but you know what? It surprisingly was. To us it begged the question "What tangible item would constitute the notion of love to Lukas, a 3 year old boy?"
Maybe we could pack one of his toys, we thought. But that really didn't seem right. He doesn't Love any of them. He just plays with them. Then one of us came up with the idea that we could put a picture of the three of us into his backpack for him to show, but we weren't sure if that would be appropriate either. He loves Jelly Beans, but that is an altogether different kind of love. So, being tired and drawing blanks on what to pack, we did what many other parents might do in the same situation. We punted.
We figured we would come up with a better idea in the morning, so we went to bed.
By this morning I had already forgotten about the show and share dilemma. Soon enough 7:15 approached and I had to have Lukas out the door to get to yet another morning meeting. Thankfully Mrs. LIAYF was working from home today and was getting Lukas ready.
As I climbed the stairs to check their progress Mrs. LIAYF presented him a picture of all of us and asked "Do you want to take this picture of Mommy, Daddy, and you for show and share to represent Love?" "No." was his matter-of-fact reply. Mrs. LIAYF had already dressed him in a special Pirate T-Shirt she had made him and he had agreed that he could tell his class mates that Mommy made it for him because she loved him so much. But that still didn't seem an adequate item to share.
Finally, it dawned on us to go to the source for an answer. "Lukas, of all your things what do you really love? Something you could show to your friends." And with that he walked over, grabbed his stuffed panda bear, and headed down the stairs.
How about you readers? What tangible thing represents Love to your kids?
Posted by James (SeattleDad) at 2:09 PM