Peaceworks Education Program
Over the years, I've collected a lot of hysterical comments and questions from kids about the puppet. Mostly they like to stop me in the hall and ask me where I Care Cat is and how he's doing. They expect an answer too and aren't surprised to hear he's on vacation at the beach or taking a nap in my office. As I begin a lesson, there often is an ongoing debate as to just how real he is. Usually, whenever I pull him out, a child in the group feels the need to inform the rest of the class, who are perhaps not as observant as he or she, that "It's a puppet you know!" This happens whether it's the first time I've been in the room or the 50th time. One day following this "It's a puppet !" announcement, another child turned to the proud informant and said with great indignation, "SHHHH, you're going to hurt his feelings saying that!" Then there was the day I finished my lesson and was packing up my CD player when a child came up to me and said, "That was really good... how did you get his voice in the radio?"
Finally, there was the time a teacher whose own child happened to be in kindergarten told me that while she was scolding her child at home one day, he informed her that she was not using I Care Language and I Cat Cat would be very sad if he heard her.
Having a bad day? Spend a little time in conversation with a five year old. It'll change your mood and make you smile. You gotta love kids...