Yesterday I was the Substitute Librarian, and substitute teaching is always an adventure, especially when you’ll be dealing with little kids.
After my stint in Morning Car Line I headed upstairs to discover that the librarian had filled the bookmark basket with an assortment of holy cards mixed with publishers’ postcards advertising children’s books. The overwhelming majority of the kids chose holy cards for their bookmarks, and there was much comparing of the pictures on those cards.
One first-grader displayed the Pope Benedict card he’d chosen and asked me to pronounce the name under the picture. Since these kids are only 6 or 7 and wouldn’t remember any pope besides Pope Francis, I explained that Pope Benedict was the pope before Pope Francis.
“I have a Pope Francis card!” another little boy bragged, waving a picture of Pope Benedict in the air.
“No, that’s Pope Benedict. Both of these pictures are Pope Benedict.”
“But this one is wearing red! He’s not the same one!”
It’s all about the random when you’re teaching. A few years ago, during Catholic Schools Week, I received a lovely packet of homemade cards thanking me for volunteering in the library. Sentiments included:
“We are all very grateful for you donating your time for the school. You’re a very thoughtful person. As they say in Spanish, gracias!”
“It is a massive responsibility for you to go to the library every single Friday.”
“Every time you come on a Friday it makes me feel happy inside.”
“When you are supporting us we are supporting you.”
“I hope you are proud of yourself!”
“I am thankful because you could be doing something other than helping.”
“You are the greatest book stamper ever!”