5. The children will not bring their common sense to school the day after a long vacation, and forget that they are not to stand on the padded swivel teacher chair that is located at the handwriting station. You will be able to quickly locate the first aid kit, however, and save the day. (After Max’s little accident today, I don’t think anyone needs reminded about STANDING ON CHAIRS THAT SWIVEL. Cheezus.)
4. Do not engage in an argument with Polly about why she shouldn’t pretend to faint while walking down the hallway. (Especially not six times in a row. SIX TIMES. Didn’t we just read “The Wolf Who Cried Boy?”) While Chevy Chase made a bundle doing it on SNL, it’s not especially funny when your six-year old student does it while you are walking your class down the hall in front of the principal, the librarian and the ESL teacher. Although I do have to say, she was quite convincing; at least the first time.
3. If the zipper on your new jeans breaks after school on your only potty break of the day, the stapler works incredibly well in a pinch. (Zipper, schmipper; just keep the stapler loaded and you’re GOOD to go.) The parent and child I had a conference with after school never noticed a thing. At least I don’t think they did.
2. When walking the dog after a long day at school, make sure you check the bag you are carrying for the poop. Odds are great you’ll run into two of your students AND their lovely mothers. While you’re chatting happily, they will point out the bag decorated with NUMEROUS bottles and SHOUT the name of your favorite liquor store that is printed on the front. (First graders can READ; and do it AS OFTEN AS THEY CAN!)
1. I learned that no matter how trivial or inconvenient my little troubles might be, my life is an amazing one. I prayed for my very dear friend and her husband today as they began a week long, grueling chemo treatment far from home. They have been fighting a horrific battle for several years, and we all continue to wrap them in prayer, love, and hope.
Yep. Today, I remembered that my life was amazing. I only wish everyone's was.