I went to pick up a group of first graders on Monday. As we walked out the door I noticed that Ryan, the shortest one of the bunch, had his shoulders hunched forward as if he was freezing cold. In his scrunched up fist was his t-shirt collar which was obviously soaking wet.
I said, "Ryan, are you ok?"
In his most dramatic voice he responded, "I can't help it. I chew on my shirt."
So I suggested that he let go of it...and let it dry.
To that he replied, shivering slightly, "I can't let go of it...if I do I will freeze myself up."
"Ryan," I said, "If you let go of it and it dries you will get warmer." He just shook his head.
Later on, in my classroom, I noticed that he was chewing on his shirt again...
On my way to school today, maybe I'll stop at a pet store and pick up a couple of "chew toys."
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