Little Charlotte walks up to me in the hallway. She’s eleven and she’s the happiest kid I know. She bounces rather than walks sometimes.
Today she was getting a drink of water, and on her way she stopped to chat.
“How are you today, Anne?” she begins the regular routine.
We always give honest answers. “I’m a little tired today.”
“I don’t know. Maybe just because it’s Friday.”
“You know why I’m tired?” This was a new twist in the conversation.
“Okay, why do you think I’m tired?”
“Because you speak English all day, and English is really hard. So you’re tired.”
I look at her satisfied expression and have another glimpse into the depths of the lives of my students.
“Maybe you’re right,” I say.
She smiles and bounces away, but her comment stays with me through the whole day. I hope one day she finds her L2 less tiring to use.