Tuesday, January 5, 2010
"More wagging, less barking."
I admit I had to think about that for a minute! But then it made me smile.
I wondered what other animal signals might work?
More purring, less scratching?
More honking, less pooping? (geese)
I really like this philosophy. Wars might end if we all did more wagging, and less barking.
I didn't get the dog-loving genes, but I sure get the picture. That wagging doggy tail and butt signal welcome, friendship, no aggression, before anything is even said. Kind of like the other side of "presume welcome." If we should all presume welcome, then we should all extend welcome, as well.
I had this thought in mind as my students entered my classroom this morning. First period after a two-week break. They were glad to be back with their friends, but not so glad to be back in school, if you get my drift. But I think they felt welcomed, and we had a good morning together.
How do you extend welcome to others?