Yesterday, the children decide to make a cake for Victor and Lucilla as a holiday gift. We couldn’t decide what kind to make, so we asked him and found out they both love chocolate. This morning, we talked about our plans and a family member attending meeting asked, “Who’s Victor?” The children replied enthusiastically:
Jossie: Victor fixes things in the school, and Lucilla keeps the school clean.
Rowan: Victor also builds things.
Leigh: Victor helped us build a kite for the book fair.
Grace: He helps us build things and fixes things a lot.
As the children continued to talk about what Victor and Lucille mean to us and all they do for us, Rachael asked, “Should we make them something to go with the cake?” Several children suggested milk or hot cocoa, but a few decided maybe a card or a note would be nice.
Austin exclaimed, “We can stick the card in the cake,” and referred to the baby in the king cake last Mardi Gras.
Lou Lou replied, “That would be disgusting.”
After finishing the cake, the children started making a card. Trying to decide what colors to use, Margaret really wanted to use Victor and Lucilla’s favorite colors. She had an idea: they could look at the family collage actor created to see what colors he had used. She enlisted a few friends to investigate. Sure enough, Victor had incorporated black, pink, and grey tiles. He had also use tools with red handles and a background of grey and brown stone. The children also noticed other clues in Victor’s collage. The tools and wheelbarrow were easy to understand, but what was inside those tiny glass jars? Margaret guessed the green might be peas and grass. Charlie thought the yellow and red could be corn and spices. Does Victor like to cook as well as build things?
Margaret’s research mission was not only informative but also very thoughtful and showed great empathy. It helped us not only to know Victor a bit better, but also inspired curiosity to know more.
by Lisa & Rachael
Pieces of Tucker Room experiences.