4/9/10

The cure for irritability? A sprinkling of five year olds.

Things I learned in school today. (Or, How to Chase Away the Irritables…)

1. A five year-old boy from Korea can successfully shove six miniature people into the Little Tykes school bus that was originally constructed to seat three.



2. Two relatively small five year-old girls can comfortably fit into a pink tub full of toys when the teacher is not looking.



3. It’s time to throw away the extra jacket you keep on hand in your teacher closet for heater/air cooler emergencies - when one of your students shouts with enthusiasm, “HEY! My GRANDMA has that jacket!!!”

4. I received 21 hugs today; six from students in last year’s class who like a hug each morning; nine from students in this year’s class; four from various teachers in the building who were thrilled that it was FRIDAY; and two from students I’ve never seen before in my life. (We pass them out like candy, people.

5. You can successfully talk about male frogs fertilizing the eggs of a female frog without anyone in the enthralled crowd cracking a smile. (Well, present company excluded.) “Mrs. Smythe, I know ALL about frogs. But, um, what’s a female?”

6. Always check under the refrigerator in your play-area after school. It’s where one of your non-speaking ELL children tends to HIDE the cool purses, the tablecloth, the My Little Pony, some play food and an old cell phone from the other little girls after free play.



7. At recess today Jack “found” his yo-yo in his pocket while sitting on TOP of the dome-shaped jungle gym beside his best buddy Zack. When they flipped upside down together on the count of three, the yo-yo wrapped itself around the bar, knocking Jack in the head which caused him to fall OFF the bars. In what appeared to be brilliant filmmaking slow motion, he grabbed Zack on the way down and they hit the ground like a ton of bricks. The yo-yo then quickly followed- and conveniently bonked Jack on the head AGAIN. After a few tense-filled moments, they both lay on the ground and laughed until they cried which was very convenient because their teacher was recovering from a HEART ATTACK.



All in all I’d say it was just about the perfect day.

46 comments:

Vodka Logic said...

I work to save lives but your jobs sounds so much more rewarding and much more fun..

Maybe in my next life

Momma Fargo said...

Wow! I bet that was exhausting. I'm tired just thinking about cleaning up after them. And the jacket thing...awesome funny!

ChiTown Girl said...

Aw, great! Now you're making me miss MY babies!!

Notes from a Broad said...

Oh yes, absolutely perfect.

@MrMomWorld said...

If you weren't already married, I'd be hitting on you like crazy! I love your outlook on life.

Anna See said...

Big Smile over here, Vodka Mom.

Mrs. E said...

That yo-yo story made my week! And a looonngg week it was at the high school level!

Sara J. Henry said...

Thanks for a really uplifting post!

steelxmagnolia said...

Yo-yo's are a bit like boomerangs, aren't they? My heart would still be slightly askew, if you ask me. Glad it's the weekend. Enjoy the tranquility, VM. Cheers!

Gigi said...

I've so had days like that - and I'm not a teacher! And the jacket? Yeah, I had to get rid of a perfectly good skirt after I saw a 90 year old woman trying it on.....

only a movie said...

Those slow motion playground mishaps always get my heart racing. Glad it turned out ok. xo

Sue said...

Thank God for our teachers! Hope you have a fun packed week-end, and maybe a vodka or two or three!
Take care, Sue

Captain Dumbass said...

I was pruning my rose bush today and it cut the hell out of me. I thought of you.

Steven Anthony said...

lol...number three made me spit my martini.... ;)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Random children hug me when I visit my kid's school.

HoodChick said...

Wow, I thought they got rid of jungle gyms on playgrounds because "they"'re against natural selection. Glad your boys survived, they sound like good ones.

the mama bird diaries said...

21 hugs that's a damn good day.

Until this, "HEY! My GRANDMA has that jacket!!!”

Hilarious.

Magpie said...

I love #7.

Grace's Mom said...

You must absolutely have nerves of steel!

moredayslikethisplease said...

I just spewed my drink through my nose and all over my keyboard! I can just see the jungle gym incident in my mind, and remember cleaning out the "kitchen" cupboards in the kindergarten classroom my two youngest were in for the teacher one day and "finding" all the good stuff stuffed under the oven!

Garsy

moredayslikethisplease said...

And random hugs happen all the time to me when I'm aiding in our elementary school and somedays I really NEED those hugs from kids I barely know!

The Empress said...

You are absolutely dead on right.

Don't I know it. I know that's why I went to school for education. I love being around little ones. They keep me eternal.

Very sweet.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Are you sure you don't work in a hug factory?

Happy weekend,
jj

Marinka said...

love it. And yeah, what is female?

Cheryl said...

There are few things in life more beautiful than a day like that. Bonk. Bonk.

The Good Cook said...

That does sound like just about the perfect day.

Secretia said...

Grownups need recess and playtime too!

Kate Coveny Hood said...

Love number 3! But seriously - I thought all of those jungle gyms were ripped out specifically for that reason. I never see them anymore and just assumed...

Vodka Mom said...

Our jungle gym is a huge orange one, with PLENTY of mulch under it.

Thank GOD!

The kids love it.

Sam said...

You need to write a book and retire now! But then you would be bored with nothing to laugh at!

Snappy Di said...

Ahhh yes... the beloved yo-yo. At least it didn't knock anyones teeth out.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

Keyona said...

I spent about 20 minutes in Lael's first grade classroom. I bow to you....all of you teachers.

SkylersDad said...

I could use a hug, do you deliver?

Fragrant Liar said...

If only my office was like the playground and I loved my boss so much I'd wanna hug her instead of thwack her with my yo-yo, repeatedly.

Alas, I dream of having days like yours.

Anne said...

You be a a good K teacher now and send those sweet kids off to first grade... I know a few first grade teachers who are ready and willing to zap some kiddos onto second grade... they they would like to request a few sweet replacements.

Suzy said...

I had a male kindergarten teacher. He told my parents there was something not quite right about me. UNDERSTATEMENT.

The Wife of a Dairyman ~ Nancy said...

Teachers just don't get paid enough :)

Catch the Kids said...

Snorting with laughter here. Love those kids.

Joanie M said...

It sounds like a typical day in Kindergarten in Oregon.

Heidi said...

Aww, what a fun day! Everyone needs Fridays like that. And hugs from LAST year's kids are the best...they really WANT to come see you!

SweetPeaSurry said...

Yes yes ... I can see any one of those things tickling my day into smileyland!!

Mimi Lenox said...

Hugs can indeed make everything better. Great post!

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