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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Lessons from the Lunchlady: I have a squirrel in my pants and he's not wearing a pink hat

First let me just say that my heart is still breaking due to the events that occurred in Connecticut yesterday. As an elementary school employee, I am shaken to the core that someone could be so heartless.

That being said, I want to remember the kiddos that made me laugh this week. The kiddos that remind me every day to try and find the good.

Here's a little bit of the good.

You can't bring your dead fish to breakfast no matter how much you love him. I'd like to believe that I'm somewhat hard to surprise. When students ask me if I wanna see what they have in their pockets, I'm game. However, when a third grader brought in a dead fish on Monday, I have to admit I was a little taken back. Because we aren't found of making people throw out their "friends", we let him "store" his fish in a tightly sealed bag in the nurse's fridge.

What do you mean there's no holiday treat? I learned this week that asking the day before the holiday meal what the holiday treat is may result in learning you were supposed to order one. Craptastic! Thankful, ice cream can still be ordered one day before! That was lucky.

Hey Miss Wendy! There's a squirrel in my pants! After the fish, I was a little scared to look. Thankfully, he just had a bad case of the wiggles.

You can't walk around without your pants no matter how hot you get. When the nurse noticed a student in a pair of tights and a tshirt she stopped her and said, "Aren't you supposed to be wearing pants?" Student: "I was gettin' hot so I put them in my backpack." Nurse: "You're gonna need to put them back on. Lets go get them." Goodness I just love kindergarteners.

Have you seen my pink hat? Every day for the last week as we lunch ladies are finishing up our lunch with the custodian and the principal, a little girl approaches and reminds us that she still has not found her pink hat. "Is it light pink or dark pink?" I asked. "It's more of a magenta," she replies. Oy vey. Well played, my friend. Well played.

3 random thoughts:

becca said...

LOL..the whole no pants is funny that would be my son

Jenners said...

Thanks for sharing these … though it makes the events in CT all that much more heartbreaking becuase you know the kids in that school used to do similar thing, you know?

Kristie Maynard said...

I'm having a very tough time with the events in CT and reading this made me smile and I really need that right now. Some of my friends with little ones were scared to send their kids to school and I totally understand, but I reminded them that every school, principal, teacher and worker at the schools would be on high alert right now and they would be safer than ever. Hopefully we will never hear of such horror again.
Bless you for being there for the kids!

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