Duck Sleeps Over

When I first met my current principal, she was one of the assistant principals at the last school where we both worked.  It only took about 12 minutes of working with her to know that if she ever became a principal, I wanted to transfer to her school.  Fortunately for me, a year after she took over the reins at our current school, she had a position open and hired me.  It’s a move I’ve never regretted.

One of the things we have in common is a love of children’s books.  Every so often we’d tell each other about a great new book one of us had just bought.  It was common for her to stop me (or any other teacher) and say, “Hey, I just remembered that I’ve got a great book that might tie in with (multiplication or synonyms or whatever).  If you think you might want to read it to your class, just let me know and I’d love for you to borrow it.”

Even now, as a principal, two walls in her office are lined with bookcases full of nothing but children’s books.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  Along with all those wonderful books, she has many of the stuffed animal characters.  Her office is perhaps the most kid-friendly principal’s office I could ever imagine.  Tater Tot loves it.  He wants to go see her every morning because every time we pop in to say hello, she lets him get all the stuffed animals off her shelves and play with them.  She has characters from some of his favorite books.  In his words, “She is nice and coo-wul, and I wuv her.”  He ought to.  She’s good to him.

A couple of weeks ago, we stopped by her office one afternoon, and Tater Tot became particularly interested in the stuffed duck from the wildly popular books, Duck Rides a Bike and Duck for President.  He hugged the duck, held the duck, and kissed the duck.  Then he professed his love for the duck and said something about wanting the duck to go with him.

I immediately started in with all of the reasons why Duck couldn’t go home with us when the principal swooped in and said that she thought it would be fine for Duck to spend the night with Tater Tot.  (I could just see the four dogs tearing Duck to pieces, but what was I going to do?)  We promised to take good care of Duck and bring him back safely the next morning.

I’ll have you know that Tater Tot watched over Duck like nobody’s business.  Duck rode in the front seat all the way home, and Tater Tot made sure I buckled him in.  At home, when he wasn’t holding him, we made sure that Duck was out of the dogs’ reach.  And when it was time for bed, Duck was in on storytime.

Duck hears a story

Of course, Tater Tot had to check and make sure Duck understood what the story was about.

B talks to Duck

After storytime, Tater Tot and Duck snuggled in for a good night’s sleep.

We took Duck back to our principal the next morning and Tater Tot thanked her for letting him come home with us for the night.  The two of them walked off for about half a minute, and the next thing I knew, we had instructions to stop by after school and pick up the next house guest:  Horton, the Elephant.

We may have to get a bigger bed for Tater Tot’s room.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mary Carol
    Sep 10, 2009 @ 07:21:58

    Hey—I’ve been pretty patient—I knew you were incredibly busy—-BUT, it’s so good to hear from you again. Thanks for the updates on you and yours. The principal lending the stuffed animals is just too good. Thanks again


  2. Kerstin
    Sep 11, 2009 @ 12:27:48

    She really is a great principal, isn’t she? Of course, how can you deny a little boy as cute as Tater Tot anything??? 🙂


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