This is the conversation I had today with one of my Kindergarten students. It was precious.
Oliver: Profesora Laura why is your face pink?
Me: When I’m out in the sun, the sun makes my skin pink.
Oliver: No…when I go out in the sun I only get brown.
::putting our hands side-by-side::
Me: Well look, our skin is different.
Oliver: No that’s just what happens when you scrub the dirt off really hard.
Me: ::trying to understand:: So maybe my face is pink because I scrubbed it really hard? Maybe, Oliver, maybe.
I love that kid.
Sometimes the children at the Guarderia stroke my arm and say “How did you get so clean?”
Oliver Addendum from Aug. 10th: He’s playing with his toy airplane at Kinder and comes and sits down next to me.
Oliver: Profesora Laura what are these? ::pointing to the freckles on my arm::
Me: Those come from the sun, when I’m out in the sun they appear. (I can never remember the word for freckle here)
Oliver: Well you probably just need to wash yourself with a brush and scrub really hard. Sometimes you even have to use a plate scrubber (referring to the sponges with brillo pads). That’s what my mom says to do.
Me: Ok, Oliver maybe I’ll do that.