Ahh...the clean white sands, the sparkling water, the lack of tests to grade. Charlotte, however, was not convinced that this "picture a happy place" strategy would cut it.
"But they could RUIN it and make it not a good place--like a dungeon!" she pointed out. Suddenly, the serenity of my imagined beach scene was shattered by the hypothetical anger-button-pusher, running onto the beach, kicking up sand in my face, hurling insults. Just like that--happy place ruined.
Charlotte did offer a replacement strategy, though. Knowing that just any old happy place could be susceptible to the intrusion of a name caller, we were going to need the ultimate happy place. "You should just think of a land full of candy" declared Charlotte. I have to admit, the thought of a land full of candy would indeed go a long way in minimizing the impact of someone saying something rude to me. And I know for a fact they kick out name-callers at the chocolate covered candy-cane gate.