Every week, I volunteer at the local primary school to listen to the kiddies read. It's so cute when I walk into the class room to
"is it me, is it me?" which could be genuine excitement or a good excuse to get out of maths! I love my school visits, it's amazing to see their progress in one small aspect of their school lives.
The last time I was at school, I was listening to my final reader when I got pecked on the cheek! I turned round and one of the little boys I'd just read with had planted me a sneaky kiss after he'd told me earlier that I was the best reader helper ever! What a sweetie.
The little lad with a big heart gave me a kiss for helping and despite being grateful I knew I had to tell the teacher so she was aware. Yup, an innocent peck of thanks was classed as inappropriate. I personally found it sweet but had to appreciate the potential concerns should it just crop up one day. When I was little, all class helpers were called 'aunties' and if we fell or got upset we got a hug and was made to feel better, just like mum would.
Nowadays, thanks to the horrors of the world we live in children can't be held, they can't say thanks with a peck on the cheek and now a teacher will have to unemotionally tell that sweet little boy of eight, that his peck of thanks was wrong and shouldn't happen again. Imagine the predicament for everyone, the teacher, the volunteer, the parent, the child. All uncertain about what is acceptable and what isn't.
What a terrible world. We teach our young to be loving and thankful but also vigilant and cautious and expect them to understand from an early age.
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