Tonight I exam-ed for a class and am prepping to tour again in the morning, so today's pic may not be posted until sometime tomorrow.
I was chatting with a friend about the touring and belated prepping. He asked what age group it is this time, and I responded pre-K, to which he replied, "How hard can it be? They're only 4 years old." Right. They can smell fear. And, hopefully my confidence is not shaken (nah) regarding my base rule. What's my base rule? How kind of you to ask. The base rule is that no one gets hurt. It's my base rule because, of course, it is a good rule, but also because it is supposed to be achievable.
Last week, a fifth grader broke my base rule, along with some skin.
He was climbing on a sculpture. A Sagacious Head, to be specific, in the garden. He cut his leg. There was some blood. At least it was outside. One of the chaperone moms had band-aids, and I directed them to a nearby bathroom. One of the chaperones was also his grandmother. Later, I asked how he was doing; she knew he was fine as soon as he was running around again.
See kids, this is a reason why we don't run and climb on sculptures. They seemed to learn.
Those kids were actually very good when we went inside on the scheduled tour. It's wonderful when they're observant and actively experiencing the art (mentally and verbally with indoor voices).
But, I can no longer boast of never seeing an injury on a tour. Sadly, I didn't make it a year with a clean injury record. I should keep a factory-like tally. Along with the tour badge lanyard, I'll wear a sign that reads: "__ tours without injury."
That's sure to be a hit with the kids.
This image doesn't have anything to do with any of the above, but I have worn these clogs a couple times the past few days.
Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor AFD 50mm f/1.4
Keep checking the Chicago posting (April 1-4) for new pics, and watch the video if you haven't yet!