FatLand: The Early Days – 40

“Who wants to dress as a squash?” Charla asked as she and two teachers assembled the first and second grades for a Food Celebration and Pageant. The theme ran, “Food is Good and Good For You.”

“Me, me,” Sophie raised her hand.  She was a thoughtful looking little girl with dreamy eyes and glasses.

“Great,” Charla said, hugging her.  “Now we have all the ingredients for an excellent ratatouille. Who can tell me what a ratatouille is?”

“Ratatouille is a vegetable stew,” April said.  She raised her stew high in the air.  She was a mushroom.

“Excellent,” Charla said, patting her red head. She beamed at the two teachers. “Good job,” she whispered.

“Thanks,” Elise, the first grade teacher said.  “This has made all the difference in the world.”

“And I’m really looking forward to teaching that dance class,” Renata, the second grade teacher, said. “It will be so good for them to move with joy and without self-consciousness. I want them to feel that they are safe and secure.”

“So do I,” Charla said, now thinking of Bill and offering a silent prayer.

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