So 5 year old (almost 6!) T comes out of his Kindergarten class and collects his back pack, and he has a Chinese paper flag/craft of some sort in his hand. It looked cumbersome while he was trying to put on his backpack so I held out my hand to offer to carry it for him. Ever the obedient, dutiful child he hands the flag to me. I look it over, saying how cool it was, and asked him what it meant. He says, knowingly, “It is Chinese, you know.”
“I can see that.” I replied “But what does it MEAN?” I repeated….and before he had a chance to answer I jokingly guessed “Does it say ‘I LOVE TERRI? Is that what it says?”
And as we were walking to the next class he clarified. “I LIKE you.” (Oh OUCH!)
Then he looks up at me and asks, cautiously, because above all else he doesn’t want to offend me in any way “Do you LIKE holding it?” So I said , “I don’t have to hold it, I was just trying to help.” As I handed the flag back to him he kindly he said, “I have two hands, you know. And I have shoulders, too. My shoulders are pretty useful. Are your shoulders useful, Terri?”
“Yes, sometimes they are pretty useful.” I agreed.
He concluded, “Yes, for backpacks, shoulders are pretty useful.”