With the heat on in our rooms at school, a lot of my kids have been complaining about headaches. I think their sinuses are getting dried out. This morning they were making it really hard to teach. Their heads hurt, their tummies hurt, their noses hurt, hang nails, teeth hurt, etc. etc. etc.
And there’s not much I can do about it. If they don’t have a fever, the nurse just sends them back to class. I have my own digital thermometer so I can pre-check them before sending them down. This late in the year, the kids know I’m telling the truth when I say I can’t do anything about it, because I’ve sent kids down to the health office enough times before, and they just send them back.
Today, after this one little kid came up to me for the third time complaining about her head hurting and me telling her I couldn’t do anything about it, (I mean sure, if they are in significant pain we will call home, but generally I can tell if they are in real distress or not) anyway, I pulled her close, gave her a quick hug and said, ” Aww, poor baby, now go sit down and get to work.” This other kid comes right up and says HER head hurts, I give her a quick hug, and tell HER to go get to work, then this boy comes up…..I give him a quick hug.
When I look up, there is a line of 10 kids waiting for their turn for a hug, and some kids having just got their hug, are getting back in line……
Doesn’t anyone give these kids hugs?