For the last few weeks, Gordy and I have been planning a big surprise for Josie.
At the beginning of the year, I signed up twice to be the Royal Reader in Josie's kindergarten class. The first time, I wore the crown and read Shel Silverstein's A Giraffe and A Half. It was a load of fun. After the reading, the kindergarteners get to ask their Royal Reader some questions. I found the Q&A to be hilarious. I got asked questions about my favorite color, place, season.... it was a quite thorough interview.
I knew Gordy would enjoy the experience, too -- and that Josie would never in a million years expect her father to walk through the door. We didn't even tell her that it was our week to be Royal Reader.
Gordy was greeted upstairs at the school's office by two guides. He was given his crown and escorted to Josie's classroom:
The children line up on either side of the door and form a receiving line for their Royal Guest. Josie was so surprised and excited:
She didn't let go of Gordy for a long time:
Half-way through the book, the Principal came on the PA system and we all had to stop to say the "Pledge of Allegiance":
And once the Pledge and the book were finished, the famous Question and Answer session began:
Gordy was asked all the usual questions.... what is your favorite color? What is your favorite cookie? What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? What is your favorite underwater dinosaur?
This question totally stumped the king.
I mean, who has a favorite underwater dinosaur? Apparently the questioner did. Josie's teacher saved the day by asking the little stumper, "James, what's YOUR favorite underwater dinosaur?" When he answered, Gordy said "Yep! That's my favorite, too!" Phew.
Afterwards, Gordy posed with a portion of Josie's class. Some of the children didn't feel like having their photo taken that day.
And Josie's friend helped her try on the Royal Crown:
It was a fun morning!