Post dinner Moo and I have our us-time everyday. We bring out two baskets of toys for Boo so that she doesn’t disturb us while Zack winds up everything in the kitchen. Tonight we had a conversation which made me think what a fine young girl she is turning out to be 🙂
A bit of a background – This has been a new school as well as a new year for Moo so she doesn’t know a single student in the whole school. Her old school she was friends with every third kid. And she is the only brown kid in her current class of 20 white kids.
Me: So how is time at school Moo, are you enjoying your break times?
Moo: Yes Amma, I walk around the school after lunch and know most of the areas now. My favourite is the monkey bars in the play area and the big green playground. I walk around it seven times you know.
Me: Wow! 7 times is a very big. But that won’t leave you anytime to play with anyone.
Moo: My classmates do not want me to play with them Amma. When I ask them can I please join you they behave as if they have seen a ghost and say No in a loud voice.
Me: That is not the right behaviour. Did you let your teacher know? You shouldn’t accept any words or talks that make you feel uncomfortable and let the teacher know immediately.
Moo: My teacher tells everyday just before the lunch break that everyone should include the new students of the school in their games but they don’t it. Today my teacher asked a group of girls to include me in their game but you know Amma they were holding hands and walking together in the playground and didn’t even notice I am behind them. I walked behind them the whole time and they didn’t care.
Me: That must have been so sad. Do you want me to speak to your teacher?
Moo: No Amma, it’s ok, I love walking around and knowing more about the school. It is a very big school and I feel alone but I am pretty sure I will make friends soon. Till then I will take a book to read during lunch breaks.
Me: Are you sure Moo? Amma wants you to be happy at school and you have to share if it gets too lonely for you. I will come talk to your teacher.
Moo: Ammmaaaaa…I dont want you to talk to my teacher. What are you going to say? That the new girl in school has no friends? It will take time Amma…I am happy Amma..
I was still not convinced and mentally had already written to the principal and teacher on the injustice and exclusion and what not when I saw her playing with her little sister laughing boisterously. I tell myself that it’s only a week in and I am trying to control this aspect of her life when she herself has the confidence to face it. My dear Moo, so proud of you 😘