A cluttered desk…
In the middle of class, a fifth grader raised his hand, “Mrs. Crocker? Are you a neat person?” This child always uses the same inflection in his sentences. The beginning of the sentence is at normal level, but, inevitably, the second word is pitched an octave lower and rises in pitch during the speaking of the word so that the sentence is marked by a funny valley of pitch. We call it “The Voice” and hearing it always brings a smile to my face.
“Well, look at my desk. Do you think I’m a neat person?”
“No. But I wanted to know what you thought.”