Since my son started kindergarten in August, I've volunteered as a "Lunch Buddy" with his class a couple of times. I can't tell you how much fun this is. I sign in at the office and then proceed to the cafeteria to meet his class. My purpose is simple: to help the kids open their milk cartons, fruit cups and other child-challenging food containers.
During their brief 20 minutes at lunch (not much time to eat, huh?) I move from kid to kid, offer assistance, ask them how they're doing, amuse them, encourage them to finish their lunch and give an occasional high five or fist bump. A couple of kids have even jumped up to hug me.
I've always thought I'd make a good teacher, especially with young children. I suppose being a Lunch Buddy is as close as I'll get, and I'm grateful for it.