I was working with a group of young children and their teachers and classroom assistants. We were looking for different textures to make frottage rubbings from, using the floor, walls, bits of clothing, etc. One teacher looked at the head of a little girl with African braiding and looked at me and said, I wish I could do her head.

My first reaction is, as always, to cover-up: I just smiled blandly and moved away from the teacher. I could have said, is she just an object? But I knew that wasn't how it was intended (though it may well have been received that way). Or I could have said, do you think that would make her feel special or like a freak? Or something...

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