Last Friday, I had the privilege to speak to my daughter-in-law’s 5th grade class at Amanda Arnold Elementary School regarding my second “children’s” book, Rounding Third, which they had read earlier in the week. It’s always a treat to get the opportunity to influence the lives of young people in a positive way and Friday’s “Author Visit” certainly was no exception, as evidenced by the following exchange:
Me: How many of you have ever made a mistake and thought (or said) to yourself: “How in the world could you make a mistake like that? You are so STUPID!”
5th Graders: Lots of hands in the air.
Me: How many of you, upon learning that your best friend had made a mistake, would say to them: “You are so STUPID! How could you make a mistake like that?
5th Graders: No hands.
Me (looking confused): Why wouldn’t you do that?
5th Graders: “Because it’s not nice.” “Because it would hurt their feelings.” “Because friends don’t say things like that to each other.” “Because it would make them sad.”
Me: Then why would you say it to yourself?!?
5th Graders (light bulbs illuminating): Smiling. :)!