One morning, during the numbers game at kindergarten, Esmé notices that the little girl opposite her, the one with the Panda jumper does not shout out the numbers as Jilly the play group helper, flashes each of the number cards in turn to the class.
Esmé, now two years, 11 months and three days old, is very good at this game because her Mummy and Daddy play it with her all the time. In fact, they often take to hiding number and word cards around their large cottage. The cards are hidden in all sorts of unusual and fun places; under the chaise lounge, in the conservatory, next to the bread maker in the kitchen and even behind the Mackintosh that has pride of place at her Mummy’s workstation in the loft conversion. Esmé even found one once in the secret compartment beneath the piano seat cushion in which her Mummy and Daddy put musical books.
“Sept!” shouts Esmé and her other little friends, “trois!” they cry out, laughing with great joy as they do. All except that is, for the little girl opposite with the Panda jumper.
Today is Esmé’s mummy’s turn to collect her from kindergarten; tomorrow it will be daddy’s turn. Esmé’ asks her mummy why it is that the little girl opposite with the panda jumper, who is called Ophelia, did not join in the fun numbers game.
Esmé’s mummy carefully explains that it is because Ophelia’s mummy and daddy probably do not invest as much of their own special time with their little girl as Esmé’s mummy and daddy do with her.
Esmé feels sorry for Ophelia.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Posted by Herge Smith at 7:10 am