Since our students live on campus, we have school on many of the federal holidays, but Labor Day is the last gasp of summer, and it was a day for fun and relaxing. All the Native American students on campus were invited to walk downtown for a matinee movie. Temperatures hovered around 95 degrees and we worked up a sweat. Everyone was glad to come into the air-conditioned theater and have a pop and bag of popcorn waiting for them. The movie itself was rather silly, but I enjoyed watching the kids laugh and enjoy themselves.
Afterwards, while we walked home, second grader Araya asked me,
“So are you really the boss of all St. Joe’s?”
“Yes, I suppose I am. How do you think I’m doing?”
“Not very well!”
Surprised to hear that response I asked,
“Not very well! What do I need to do better?”
“You’re too nice to everyone. If you want to be a real boss you have to yell more and get things done,” she explained.
While students have a lot of wisdom and insight, I guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree on my management style.
We ended the day with a cookout in Wisdom Circle, and had a chance to shoot baskets, toss around a football and slap away at the tetherball.