If you look back through my posts, you will see the story about building an incubator and hatching some eggs for my daughter’s kindergarten class. Today, Ducky (NEVER let 4 and 5 year olds name pets….) was moved to a new home. The kids were wildly excited when I showed up today to get Ducky and take him to his new digs. If you’ve never visited a kindergarten class, trust me….the next time you meet a kindergarten teacher, give her a hug (it’s almost always a woman), and say “thank you”, and “I’m sorry for what you have to put up with everyday”.
Anyway….the chaos subsided a little, and all of the kids wanted to show me Ducky. Since it was late in the day, they were supposed to be getting ready for the busses, but….
The kids then wanted to hold Ducky for “one last time”, before he “moves to the farm, and we never get to see him again”. It’s surprising all the little lessons this project involved. My daughter made a card, so that Ducky would remember her forever. We then loaded Ducky into his travel crate, and walked him down the hall towards the parking lot. Because it was bus time, the hallways were lined with little kids waiting to go home.
Other than flashbulbs going off, I felt just like George Clooney walking down the hall….people crowding around, yelling questions, trying to get close…..it was mayhem….I don’t recommend it. Of course, George has Stacey Keebler to help him through it, so he will probably be OK.
Sydney and I loaded up the car and took Ducky to a local farm where they had graciously agreed to take our little orphan. We put the cards and decorations up to make the empty horse stall a little more homey, and left, promising to visit soon. Syd is now in her craft corner, drawing a picture of Ducky’s new home to take to school tomorrow to show her friends how he will be living from now on.
It was an amazing experience for the kids, the teacher, and, I have to admit it…for me too.
The conversation my daughter and I had on the way home from the farm was priceless. If you ever have a chance to do something like this for little kids, do it…its truly worth it.
Mike the Chicken Vet