….They Think I Need More “Structure”.

I went to school today. I like it there because I get to play all day with my friends
and my favorite toys. Mom and Dad are worried about me though. They think I need more “structure”.

We read a story today about a giant and little wolf. We talked about things that scare us. After that we played a game called giants and elves. I liked being a giant and making scary faces. I hope we do it again next time. But Mom and Dad are still worried, they think I need more “structure”.

Outside on the playground we found a butterfly. It wasn't moving, so I thought it might be sleeping. Teacher put it in a jar so we could keep it for a while on our science table and look at it. Butterflies have pretty colors and their wings are dusty. It was fun to touch the butterfly. But Mom and Dad are still worried, they think I need more “structure”.

When I was on the swings today I pretended I was a fighter plane flying through the sky. No one could go as high or as fast as me. I think I even went higher than the sky. I can pump myself now. I don't need a push. But Mom and Dad are still worried, they think I need more “structure”.

You should have seen the slime we made today in a big tub. Teacher said it wouldn't hurt us and that we could play with it. I picked up a handful and made a ball, but then it oozed out of my hand. Why did it do that? It's not like play dough, it's not like water. I like to try new things. But Mom and Dad are still worried, they think I need more “structure”.

Sometimes when Teacher sings a song with us I really just like to listen. The songs are fun and I sing them at home while I'm playing. I know my Teacher likes me because she smiles at me so much. When I get lonely for my Mom, teacher even holds me on her lap. It's not so scary being at school when I know that I have a nice Teacher, but Mom and Dad still worry, they think I need more “structure”.

I don't know what “structure” is but Mom and Dad sure want me to have some. Maybe if they look real close they'll find it at my school. Everything I need is there, so if I need structure it must be there too. Maybe we can find it together because I really, really, really….don't want Mom and Dad to worry!

 

Marcia Frost - 1993