Almost a year ago I had an odd experience. One particularly precocious first grader is very hard to keep focused and quiet. When she isn’t talking she seems to like fiddling with things. One of her favorite items to play with looks like a small rubber baseball bat. One day it was distracting her so much that I almost took it away.
A few weeks later, she was in the office – where she comes often – playing around with the same toy. Suddenly she started poking herself in the eye with the handle end of the bat. I tried to stop her and explain how dangerous it is to poke at your eye, when it all became clear.
She gave one firm poke to the center of the eye and pulled it out. Apparently she has only one eye, the other being a prosthetic, and the device is a suction cup (the bat-handle-looking-end) with a long handle (the bat-looking-part) for plucking it out for cleaning.
My Royal Family Kids Camp training helps me to be unshockable; however, I was pretty surprised. Also, I was glad I hadn’t tried to take the tool away from her during class.