Last night I was putting my seven year old to bed.
She said, “Mommy, I behaved really well at school today with the substitute, but I didn’t get ANY bucket filling tickets.”
I said, “But you got the pleasure of behaving well.”
She said, “But if I get bucket filling tickets then I have a chance to be the class bucket filler, and even the SCHOOL bucket filler. And I found out that there’s a bucket filler for kindergarten and another different one for first grade, so even if a kindergartener gets picked, I still have a chance to be the first grade bucket filler and next year I could be the second grade bucket filler.”
I said yes, but do we try our best and follow rules in school to get bucket filling tickets, or do we do it because it’s the right thing to do, and because behaving is fair to all of our classmates?
She said, “But Mommy, the bucket filling tickets.”
And I wanted to cry.