There is a little fella in my class who 's reputation came before him. He's a 'big' boy from a family that does not have a good reputation around here. When you're 5 that's a pretty hard image to carry.
On Thursday he got into a fight and when he came back in from play he was sobbing his little heart out. Being a mum, well ,being a human being really, my first instinct was to just to hold him, reassure him, calm him down. The fight got sorted out( it wasn't bad, a bit of pushing and shoving) but he was so upset.
So I took him out to his mum at home time and told her what had happened. Do you know, the next day she brought me in this big bunch of flowers. I was so touched. This is a family that has not got 2 pennies to rub together, that people cross over the street to avoid. And they bought me flowers because I cared for their boy. What can I say ?