The children came to school Friday morning so EXCITED! They knew that Firefighter Jack was bringing his fire engine to school, and that we would all get a grand presentation and probably even get to hear the sirens!
Emily, who we all know is unpredictable and phenomenal, was no exception. She was dancing around the room with great exuberance and expectation.
We marched out to the fire engine in a nice, neat line and listening intently to Firefighter Jack share about his job.
The children’s hands would fly up and down, and we would bat their questions away with a “shush” and a finger to the lips. There would be plenty of time for those later.
I watched Emily as SHE watched Firefighter Jack with great interest. In fact, he seemed to have captured her utmost attention. (Even I can't do that.)
I watched her for 15 minutes as she seemed to gobble up each word- each description of the equipment and fire safety.
As we were walking back into the building I asked her, “Emily, did you learn some great stuff? You were such a good listener!”
“YEP! And guess what? I FINALLY figured out what I want to be when I grow up!” she exclaimed with a toothless smile.
I was convinced she was going to blurt out “A Fireman!”
She smiled happily and said, “I’m going to be a UNICORN RIDER and a HULA DANCER!”
And away she ran. (To the water fountain, I suppose…)