Cupcake Icing

I watched a first grade teacher use a napkin to remove the frosting from a cupcake for one of her students. “He doesn’t like the icing,” she explained as I gaped.

She gracefully made her way through rows of desks distributing the treats, but also straightening papers, correcting speech, adjudicating disputes–all with an unflappable manner that displayed confidence in the children.

Is this our work, to preside over a community like this, to nurture and govern it?

How much energy do we spend on cupcake icing?