I'll never know how the scenario played out over time as eventually I continued on my journey. Trust me, I am in no position to judge others as I graded papers, responded to writing journals and sometimes grabbed bits of the daily paper during my own children's ball games.
But, I've been thinking about her and that little one who might have benefitted from some interaction and discussion about his finds. I've been thinking about the myriad of teachers, parents, and caregivers balancing the many, many intersecting identities we have every day. It reminded me of the days when my own children's needs were great and I would have to leave my mommy hat in the car along with my concerns and worries in order to don my teacher hat and meet the needs of my students.
It was also a reminder, to me, to be present, not just a presence, in the lives of the people around me. Perhaps she was there as I needed that reminder. Perhaps we all need that reminder from time to time.