During one of my reading group discussions today, one of my students made me laugh, made my day, and changed my perspective. Here’s how the conversation went…
Me: “Take a look at page 9. What is the problem with the pot Chef Lobo is using for the stew?”
M: “The pigs are saying that it’s too big.”
C: “I know why it’s a big pot. The Chef wants to pick them up and put them in the pot and cook them.”
Me: “Oh, my. It seems that the wolf is up to no good.”
I: “I don’t think it’s that bad. I like ham soup.”
The rest of the group gasped. What did I do? What did I say? All their eyes were on me.
I put the book down and began to laugh. I looked at her and said,
Me: “I never thought of this story the way you have and yes, I also like ham soup.”
Once we finished reading the story, the group packed up their books, and as they began to leave the room I could hear them say…
C: “I like ham, too. I also like bacon.”
M: “I don’t eat pork.”
Just when I thought I had heard it all, here was the wolf’s assistant ready to enjoy some soup and change our perspective on a story. Good job, I.