He looks at my face for a beat too long, then says, "Are you aware that there is something on your right nostril that-"
"I'm aware," I say, cutting him off.
He is my student and we are walking back from P.E. to our classroom. And yes, I am more that aware of the giant cold sore cluster that has erupted on the side of my nose in a painful, oozy, red, hideous way.
It's actually been like that since Wednesday but I was at a conference day on Thursday, so perhaps he hadn't looked too closely at me or my nose until just that moment.
Kids (eventually) notice everything.
A blessing when we are being those amazing role models and being the example we want them to see. A curse when we have those off days, say something we shouldn't, or have an unsightly cold sore eruption.
The upside of your nose looking like Rudolph's but worse is that it gives you a sense of appreciation for the nose that normally gets no notice- the part of your face smack in the center that doesn't receive much attention day after day. Like the song goes, "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't no what you got till it's gone...."
Coldsore-less nose, I will appreciate you more.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski