This morning was super busy during our weekly Story Time. THIRTY ONE adults and tiny pals swarmed the Reaney Room carpet. Yes, this was an all time high! Each week we get to witness amazing personalities who continue to bloom and blossom. The rug was “on fire” with excitement and the occasional "log roller".
Right out of the gate; Miss J was simply dazzled by Miss M’s jack-o-lantern leggings and coordinating top. Miss M then went on to share that she was going to be Cinderella for Halloween AND even wear a TIARA! Oh, the beauty of it all. I did suggest to Miss M’s grandmother that I hoped grandpa was working on a pumpkin coach.
A tiny baby pal, I think nine weeks old now, actually made it out of the baby carrier and was sitting on mom’s lap taking it all in. The last several weeks, the baby has slept through the ruckus while an older sibling has joined in. We have been recently joined by a cheerful 6 month old gentleman. He is one happy guy and full of smiles.
Mr. H arrived in great spirits, becoming more and more engaged each week as he works the crowd. This morning he surprised me by standing in front of me and, out of the clear blue, began a round of peek a boo. Later, as he sat in his mom’s lap, he started squinching his eyes up at me. What a cutie he is. Part of our fingerplays and singing include some very animated facial expressions; priceless.
Our sweet moment of the morning occurred between Mr. B and Mr. J. Mr. B had been playing with the Fisher Price Little People airplane when Mr. J strolled over and appropriated the plane right out of Mr. B’s unsuspecting hands! I gently returned the plane to Mr. B and reminded them that we had to share the toys. Mr. B rose to the occasion, took out the passengers and gave them to Mr. J. No squabbles, no tears just sweet children showing us how bumps in the road should be handled. Mr. B’s mom was thrilled at his show of generosity and Mr. J seemed fine with a handful of passengers.
As is my custom, I like to say good bye at the front door to the children as they leave. Some had already gone out when Mr. D appeared at the top of the stairs to show me the fire truck book he had selected. Mr. D became acquainted with the non-fiction collection over the summer and now, with great confidence, marches off to that particular area of shelving where he knows he will find some of his favorite subjects including trucks, horses and other domestic animals. As he stood at the top of the stairs I told Mr. D that he needed to take it to the desk for Miss Marge to check out. However, Miss Marge was missing!
A slightly panicked call went out; “Miss Robyn, have you seen Miss Marge!?!” It would seem Miss Marge had been sighted but had DISAPPEARED; a real -life mystery. Long story short, Miss Marge had zoomed downstairs as we were exiting the Reaney Room and hadn’t returned by the time our favorite page turners were lining up for check out. Thankfully, Miss Marge reappeared and quickly began checking out everyone’s books.
For ever so brief a moment, there had been some consideration of reaching out to the STJPD and asking for an immediate APB on our missing Miss Marge.
The excitement is almost too much😊