It's Circle Time at school, and we're talking about ants, because our theme for August is "Insects." As is common in a preschool environment, many of the kids want to share something with the group. Elfin has his hand raised, so Boss Lady calls on him.
E: "This one time, at my house, outside in the yard, I saw a line of ants, and they were marching somewhere, and I watched them walking all in a line together but in a line."
BL: "That's right, Elfin. Ants often walk in a straight line all together. Ayu, you can share next."
A: "Well, on Discovery Channel Friday night I saw about red ants and how they can bite you and they are very dangerous."
BL: "Yes, red ants do sometimes bite. But we don't have red ants around here."
Bossy stretches her hand way up high, as she has now had to wait for 90 whole seconds to share her story with the circle. Finally, Boss Lady points to her.
B: "Well, um, I have Barbie movies at my house."
Silence descends upon the group. Boss Lady and I exchange a look.
BL: "Bossy, what does that have to do with ants?"
B: "Um.... "
BL: "The answer is nothing, Bossy."
B: "Oh. Okay."
Boss Lady and I shake our heads in mild confusion and continue with our discussion. A few minutes later, Bossy raises her hand again.
BL: "Bossy, is this about ants?"
B: "Um... no."
I accidentally snort and BL glares at me with a smirk, her eyes saying, "This is only funny because *I'm* the one leading circle right now."
Personally, I still kind of want to know what Bossy was going to say. No one can ever claim she doesn't keep things interesting.