“I don’t know how you do it, Carl, really.” We were standing on one of the kindergarten’s balconies and watched the children play below. “Everyone else has problems controlling even seven kids at once but for some strange reason you can control thirty without breaking a sweat.” Her eyes shone bright–she was hitting on me. “What’s your secret?”
“If I told you it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, now, would it?” I decided to play a little with her.
“Oh, come on,” she giggled–I couldn’t quite tell how much of that response was artificial. “You could teach the others, you know,” she continued on a more serious note–she was my boss after all.
“You just need to make sure they know where the boundaries are. They’ll try and move them at first, most certainly, but you mustn’t budge. You’ll occasionally have one or two try and abide the rules, but catch them quickly and you’ll keep them all in line.”
“Well, yes… but how? You make it sound so easy.”
“I was a shepherd for nine years before I joined here.” I decided to tell her at last. “This might sound wrong to you but the children are much like sheep. Once you learn how to lead them and they get accustomed to you, they’ll follow you anywhere.”
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