At the start of December they re-arranged the seating plan at school again. The kids all sit in rows facing the front and each column (I may have the column and row thing backwards, excel confuses me...) is made of pairs of seats with their attached desks so each kid sits next to one person in a row (?) of four or five. If there is an odd number of kids in a class there will be a table of three. I am not sure whether there is a master plan as to who sits where but I have noticed that Meg (as easily the tallest kid in her class) has been in the back row for as long as I can remember.
Anyway, Amy's new deskmate is Y-kun.
Y-kun didn't go to Amy's kinder so this is the first I've 'met' him. Amy thinks he is a blast and is loving sitting next to him. As she tells it he is quite the character: forgetful, clumsy, with a very expressive face, a quick wit (of the punny six year old bent) and a flair for the dramatic. Every meal time and bathtime we are regaled with tales of what Y-kun said and did and what Amy said and did that made him do that. She is just bubbling over with laughter just retelling her story. After laughing along with her, being the boring mum that I am I think I will just check at parent teacher interview next week that this is a productive partnership as well as a jolly riotously fun one.
Anyway, forgetful Y-kun is addicted to drawing mazes. As is Amy and I'm sure a good number of grade 1s at the moment as these crazes seem to go in phases. Y-kun's mazes tend to have nothing but dead-ends and no way to get to the goal. This sends Amy into fits of laughter when they swap notebooks to do each other's mazes. Y-kun then makes a grand show of erasing the whole maze and re-drawing it. As a result his eraser is a shadow of it's former self and, as he keeps forgetting to bring a new one, the teacher asked him to keep it for his work and not erase page after page of mazes anymore.
Y-kun was borrowing people's erasers but he kept forgetting to return them or dropping them and 'losing' them on the floor. So noone wants to lend him their eraser anymore.
Except for Amy.
Amy has a veritable army of erasers. Coloured ones and scented ones, pliable ones and character ones, plain ones (as all of the above are more cute than effective...) etc etc. Our dentist gives out erasers, many of the neighbourhood kids club activities do too, they come as souvenirs from friends and birthday presents and a million other ways too.
So yes, Amy has plenty of erasers to share.
I suggested she just straight out give Y-kun a couple of erasers. It's not like she'd miss them.
But nope. Amy had a better idea.
She had Y-kun make a pile of paper scraps with 100, 200, 300 etc written on them. When he needs to use an eraser he crosses his arms and humphs and sticks out his lower lip and pulls out a piece of his 'money' and puts it on Amy's desk and re-crosses his arms and re-humphs and sighs and waits.
And Amy takes the money and carefully deposits it in her pencil case and chooses an eraser to deign to let Y-kun use.
She thinks this is the most hilarious system and fabulous to boot- she has over 2000 yen from Y-kun now!!!
I agreed it was enterprising but gently suggested that we make sure it's only ever pretend money that she charges for eraser use and not stickers or toys or heaven-forbid- real money.
'I know that mummy. Anyway, you're not allowed to bring toys or real money to school.'
'That's why I put it all in my pencil case. When Y-kun finishes primary school and gets a job I will change all the pretend money for real money when he gets paid.'
Wow. At least he gets to finish primary school first, hey?