Veronica woke up with a mild headache. Her head felt heavy, and she wanted to hop right back into bed. Sadly, that was not an option.
She worked at a primary school, and taught Grades 1 and 2. The headache only got worse as the day progressed. She popped a couple of tablets before she entered the Grade 2 class.
Twenty, bright-eyed six and seven year olds looked at her, some smiling, some lost and some grinning.
Today’s lesson was on the basic food groups and healthy diets. As she settled the class down, and gave out the worksheets, she heard a sudden snort of laughter. When she looked in the direction that the sound came from, many innocent faces met her eye.
In a few minutes, stifled laughter that could not be contained anymore, erupted. The laughter came from a little imp named Aarav, whose eyes crinkled in mirth. He held his stomach, as his body shook with this sudden laughing bout.
The headache was shaking Veronica’s insides, and with barely concealed irritation she asked Aarav to explain what he found funny.
The little boy pointed to a cartoon on the worksheet, which showed an elephant seated in a restaurant, with a plate before him that contained just one apple slice. A bubble next to the elephant read, “You call this a healthy diet?”
“So what’s so funny in this cartoon?” asked Veronica.
The laughter continued unabated. A few other shoulders shook silently.
Veronica said, “Aarav, I want you to go to the ‘Thinking Corner’ and contemplate your actions.
So Aarav went to the said Corner, and sat in the chair that faced away from the class.
Veronica’s headache got a little better. The class went on. Veronica watched Aarav. She saw his shoulders shaking from time to time. After a while, he seemed to have settled down.
She called out to him, “Aarav, you can come back to your seat. Have you thought about what you did?”
Aarav replied, “I did Ms.Rodrigues, but I still find it very funny.”
And the laughter started all over again. The laughter was contagious. Soon the whole class was laughing.
Veronica smiled and joined in. It was just one of those days!