I do actually have one – a big stick. I acquired it years ago, when I was supposed to be supervising students in a college semester program. I found it on a group retreat, cleaned it up a bit, brought it back to the dorm, and then leaned it against the makeshift bar several of the students had built in my “office.” I was the worst enforcer of rules ever.
I could have used that stick the other day at the library to poke a problematic patron – as Curly pokes her brother Napoleon in the book. Unfortunately, my stick was at home, and you can’t really go around poking your patrons with a stick, even if they deserve it, can you? Supervisors hate that kind of thing.
As it happens, though – much as in the book – the bad mood traveled right along with him when he left in a huff. Those bad moods, they can really poison an otherwise nice enough day! Fortunately, though, they don’t have to stay with YOU.
So this might be just the perfect book to talk about moods with kids. Turn that smile around, people. Let the bad mood travel on around the world. Get some ice cream. Poke your brother with a stick. Spread the joy.
The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket and Matthew Forsythe