Tuesday, January 4, 2011


A new student, Sam, arrives the first day after school reconvenes from winter break.

She's sweet, smiley, and I immediately sympathize with the balance she's trying to strike between "please notice me" and "please don't notice me too much."

She's in my class that is split by lunch.

Usually, I try to be really good about inviting students to help new students get through lunch.  I never want the new kid to be wandering alone about the cafeteria, confused about how to eat and where to sit.

I forgot.

I am only reminded when Lucy, a friendly, talkative girl, approaches Sam. All the other students have left the room. "Do you want to go eat with me?" Lucy asks.

Yes, kids can be cruel. And they can be kind.

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