Last week, Mason was picked to be the VIP of this classroom. He was super excited, and he got to take in a bag of his very favorite things which represent his personality. He had to then share these items with the class. We worked very hard filling his VIP bag.
He chose his Bobby Bowden signed FSU football helmet; the Dan Marino signed Dolphins helmet that I passed on to him (Thanks MS for that gift circa 2000); the rubbing we did of my Mom’s first cousin, Tommy Dunlop, at the Vietnam Wall; a coin that he received at the wall from a veteran there visiting his loved ones; his sketch books in which he keeps his drawings and the scores of his baseball games; a little bear with a cross on it that represents Jesus to him; photos of him and Miss Julia and another of his soccer team from two years ago that had all of his friends on it; an Italian flag for his heritage; an army cap sent to him from Uncle Michael and Aunt Tanya for his kindergarten play last year; and Oatmeal the Bear.
Oatmeal is the first stuffed animal that I bought for him when I was pregnant, so it is very special to Mason. I was surprised that he wanted to share it with the class, but he did. However, he was in tears when I picked him up that afternoon. He perceived the entire class to be laughing at him for having a stuffed animal. As the afternoon progressed and I loved on him, it turned out that only two boys snickered briefly. They are his buddies, and the teacher assured me that the giggles stopped when he brought out his super cool football helmets.
Still, my Mommy heart broke for a little while. Kids start being mean really early. It helped ease his spirit that my cousin Kristen and her college friends sent Mason stuffed animal “love” via a photo from Jacksonville University.
I also showed him a photo of my former student, Anisha, with her Winnie the Pooh tthat was taken in her college dorm. Let’s just say that Mason understands the language of beautiful girls. By bedtime, he was all better.
Here are the information sheets that he and I had to fill out for his presentations. https://instagram.com/back_to_black91/