It was Saturday and I had to pick up tea and frozen breaded eggplant at the local Trader Joe’s store. I was by myself when I entered the store, looking to see if there was a long line at the register. I immediately noticed a five-year old child with a shopping cart between him and me. His hands were curled over the push bar that just covered his eyes. Almost bumping into his carriage, I pretended I was surprised and said, “Hi, Charlie.”
His startled response was “Dane, what are you doing here?”
I said, “I have some shopping to do.”
With a quizzical look, he stated, “But you’re not supposed to be here.”
Charlie’s mother and I looked at each other, smiled, and immediately knew that I was out of context for Charlie’s world.
At a minimum, Charlie and I see each other when he enters the school door each day and as head of school, I welcome him and his classmates. They say "Hi." and that works perfectly for them . . . when I am in school.
Do you have any anecdotes about children seeing events out of context?