I don’t even know if this an epic moment so much as an exasperatingly cute one.
I have often compared my elementary students to kittens. The youngest being about 6, while the oldest are about 10. The younger they are, they more they “kitten”. Typically my first and second year elementary kids do this. I use “kitten” here as a verb. When my children are excited or feeling affectionate, they “kitten” all over the place. Generally, “to kitten” or “kittening” involves crowding around me and nuzzling up to me, wanting to be hugged or praised or for me to pat them on the head. Hence, “kittening”.
Normally it isn’t too intense. Three or four kids will pounce at one time and cluster around me, while the rest stand off and giggle and say “Emily Sensei!” It’s also mainly girls that do this, as most boys don’t wanna be hugged or cuddled
Today, I can only describe it as Emily Sensei’s “The Kittening”. Like it was an M. Night Shyamalan movie.
I had about ten first year students on me, so 6-7 year olds. I don’t know if it’s because I hadn’t seen that class in a while, or what, but they were super affectionate today. I had a couple kids on each arm, while the rest were cuddling up to me or throwing their arms around me. I gave out so many hugs today it was unreal. After lunch a bunch of the girls (with mine and the homeroom teacher’s permission) played with my hair, short as it was, and kept touching my hands and putting my hands on their cheeks, saying how soft they were.
Even some of the boys wanted hugs today.
They were all kittening pretty hardcore. It was so cute it hurt. The cute factor may kill me yet.
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