I came home at 10:20 pm tonight, after seeing In the Footprint: The Battle Over the Atlantic Yards in Fort Greene. My mom was babysitting. Guess who was still awake? Chiara! She was lying in the dark, waiting and waiting to tell me something.
Oma! She called out.
When I entered her room she sat up in bed. Oma! I was a superstar today!
Chiara’s kindergarten teachers declare students superstars when they do something particularly well. They get to wear a medallion on a ribbon for the rest of the day.
So, what did you do to get named superstar?
At quiet time, Mrs. Wagner said, If you were at Table 2, please push your seats in. And I was at table 2 with (she names her tablemates, I think 4 of them). I was the only one who got up! I pushed in all the chairs!
I’m so proud.
So I encouraged her to go to bed. It was nearly 11 pm after all. And she said, But Oma, I can only go to sleep if I’m sleepy. I’m not sleepy. Then she asked where Apa was and made me promise that I would tell Apa that Chiara was a superstar today and all the details.
I promised it would be the first thing I said to Luke when he got home. But Chiara said, Say hi first. So, I promised I would say hi first.
Only then would she go to sleep.